ACT BLUE Connecticut
Primary to be held on August 11
CT Voter Registration Deadline is Oct 27, 7 days before Nov 3, 2020.
Stage 1-- Excuse "was" required to vote by mail. Now allowed
Online registration available
• Connecticut: Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order directing election officials to count absentee ballots for Connecticut's Aug. 11 primary so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received within two days. Prior to Lamont's order, ballots had to be received by Election Day in order to count.
• Connecticut: Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill passed by Connecticut's Democratic-run legislature to allow all voters to request an absentee ballot for the November general election due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Connecticut: A state court judge has rejected a suit brought by four Republican congressional candidates in Connecticut who want to prevent election officials from mailing out absentee ballots after Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont allowed all voters to request such ballots due to the pandemic. Plaintiffs have said they will appeal.
Connecticut: Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has called a special session of the legislature that will convene on Tuesday, in part to address expanding absentee ballot access for the November general election. Connecticut requires an excuse to vote absentee, but Lamont waived that requirement for the state's Aug. 11 primary in May. Leaders such as Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill have called on lawmakers to make a similar allowance for November.
• Connecticut: Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont says he does not want to cancel the state's presidential primary, which is scheduled for June 2. Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill previously said she planned to send an absentee ballot application to every voter, and she had also asked candidates who've dropped out to withdraw their names from the ballot so that she could cancel the election herself. However, both Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard have not done so, nor has one minor Republican.
Lamont could nevertheless cancel the primaries himself but says that doing so would set a bad precedent. Instead, the governor says he is considering the possibility of delaying the primary, which had originally been set for April 28, until July. Connecticut's downballot primaries will not take place until Aug. 11.
Lamont also says his office is researching whether he can relax the state's requirement that voters present an excuse in order to vote absentee, as Merrill and others have exhorted him to do.
Connecticut: Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill and prominent Democratic lawmakers have once more thrown their support behind a bill that would enact automatic voter registration; expand same-day registration availability beyond just one location in each of Connecticut's 169 towns; ensure that people waiting in line when the polls close at 8 PM can still register and vote; and restore voting rights to people on parole for a felony conviction, which would leave only those currently incarcerated unable to vote.
Democrats tried to pass a similar proposal in 2019, but it only made it through the state House and not the state Senate after Republicans reportedly threatened to filibuster unrelated legislation with only a short time left in the session. Since Democrats could bring this bill up earlier in this year's legislative session, Republicans may be unable to stop it with procedural tactics.