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5 things to know for Primary Day

5 things to know for Primary Day

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Today’s primaries give Democratic and Republican voters the opportunity to shape their party’s tickets for the November election.

Here’s five things to know before going to the polls:

So who’s running, anyway?

Republicans have an especially full ballot, with nomination battles for U.S. Senate, the 5th Congressional District, and every statewide office except secretary of the state. Democrats also have primary votes for the 5th Congressional District, as well as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and treasurer.

Most towns in the area also have Democratic primaries for state Senate seats, with nominations up for grabs in the 13th, 16th, and 34th Senate districts. Here’s the full list of candidates.

U.S. Senate: endorsed candidate Matthew Correy and Dominic Rapini for the GOP nomination.

5th Congressional District: endorsed candidate and Meriden Mayor Manny Santos is looking to beat out newcomers Ruby Corby O’Neill and Richard Dupont are competing for the Republican nomination. Former Simsbury first select woman and endorsed candidate Mary Glassman and Jahana Hayes are vying for the Democratic nomination.

Governor: endorsed candidate and Danbury Mark Boughton, former Trumbull first selectman Tim Herbst, and political newcomers David Stemerman, Bob Stefanowski, and Steve Obsitni are all seeking the Republican nomination. Endorsed candidate Ned Lamont and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim are looking for the Democratic nomination.

Lieutenant governor: endorsed candidate and Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and Darien first selectman Jayme Stevenson for the GOP nomination. Endorsed candidate Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for the Democratic nomination.

Attorney General: endorsed candidate Sue Hatfield and John Shaban for the Republican nomination. Endorsed candidate and Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, and Chris Mattei for the Democratic nomination.

Comptroller: endorsed candidate and Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller and Mark Greenberg for the Republican nomination.

Treasurer: endorsed candidate Thad Gray and Sen. Art Linares, R-Westbrook, for the Republican nomination. Endorsed candidate Shawn Wooden and Dita Bhargava.

13th Senate District: endorsed candidate Mary Dougherty Abrams and Alex Tiktinsky for the Democratic nomination.

16th Senate: endorsed candidate Dagmara Scalise and Vicky Nardello for the Democratic nomination.

34th Senate: endorsed candidate Aili McKeen and Josh Balter for the Democratic nomination.

Where to vote

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide. Locally, here’s where voters can go to cast ballots:

Meriden precincts:

1. Immanuel Church, 164 Hanover St.

2. Community Towers, 44 Willow St.

3. John Barry School, 124 Columbia St.

4. St. Rose Community Center, 34 Center St.

5. Sherman Avenue Firehouse, 260 Sherman Ave.

6. Washington Middle School, 1225 North Broad St.

7. Chamberlain Highway Firehouse, 168 Chamberlain Highway

8. Upper Room Christian Church, 262 Bee St.

9. Maloney High school, 121 Gravel St.

10. St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave.

11. Israel Putnam Elementary School, 133 Parker Ave.

12. Hanover School, 208 Main St.

13. Lincoln Middle School, 164 Centennial Ave.

Wallingford precincts:

1. Pond Hill School, 299 Pond Hill Road

2. E.C. Stevens School, 18 Kondracki Lane

3. Moses Y. Beach School, 340 North Main St.

4. Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, 106 Pond Hill Road

5. Cook Hill School, 57 Hall Road

6. Parker Farms School, 30 Parker Farms Road

7. Yalesville School, 415 Church St.

8. Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington St.

9. Rock Hill School, 911 Durham Road

Southington precincts:

1. South End School, Maxwell Nobel Dr.

2. Kennedy Middle School, 1071 South Main St.

3. Deynoski Elementay School, 240 Main St.

4. Hatton School, 70 Spring Lake Road

5. Flanders School, 100 Victoria Dr.

6. DePaolo Middle School, 385 Pleasant St.

7. Kelley Elementary School, 501 Ridgewood Dr.

8. Thalberg Elementary School, 145 Dunham Road

9. The Tabernacle, 1445 West St.

10. Plantsville School, 79 Church St.

11. Strong Elementary School. 820 Marion Ave.

Cheshire precincts:

1. Cheshire High School, 525 South Main Street

2. Chapman School, 38 Country Club Road

3. Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Road

4. Norton School Gym, 414 N. Brooksvale Road

5. Doolittle School Gym, 735 Cornwall Avenue

6. Highland Avenue, 490 Highland Avenue

7. Dodd Middle School, 100 Park Place

...But only if you’re affiliated with a party.

Connecticut has closed primaries, so voters need to be registered as a Democrat or a Republican to be eligible to vote in the primaries. The deadline for new or unaffiliated voters to joins a party passed on Monday.

To check on the status of your voter eligibility, including party affiliation and polling place, go to

How to file an election day complaint

While Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill is elected to oversee the state’s elections, it’s actually the State Election Enforcement Commission that has jurisdiction over problems with voting.

Complaints of possibile voting irregularities can be filed by calling the Election Day Hotline at 866-SEEC-INFO (866-733-2463) or via email at SEEC employees will be staffing the hotline, while the email will be monitored by both SEEC and Merrill’s office.

Voter ID requirements

Connecticut does not require voters to show photographic identification, such as a driver’s license, but some form of ID is required. Acceptable forms of ID include printed documents, including mail, that have the voters name and either a photograph, address, or signature.

Some voters may also be required to provide ID for federal elections. Federal law requires voters to show ID when registering.

Under the Help America Vote Act, first-time voters who registered via mail or online must show a driver’s license or other photograph ID, a utility bill, a paycheck, a government check, or another government document that displays both a voter’s name and address to vote in federal elections.

Those who registered in person who have been required to present ID at that time.


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