Daily Five: Don't Forget to Vote!

Five things to know for Tuesday, May 8, 2012


1. What’s the Weather? You’ll want an umbrella today. There’s a 50 percent chance for showers during what promises to be a mostly cloudy day and it’s definitely going to rain tonight. Weather.com is predicting a high of 61 degrees and an overnight low of 58 degrees.  

2. It's Time to Vote! Today’s big events are, of course, the two referendums on budgets for Regional School District 13 and Regional School District 17. and in Durham will serve as polling sites for Regional School District 13 (so both locations will be closed to usual activities). People voting in the referendum on Regional School District 17’s budget should go to . All polling stations open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

While you’re in a voting frame of mind, Karen Cheyney, , would like to remind everyone that there could be a primary election this summer for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Although nobody will know for sure until mid-June whether there will be primaries for any party or office, you must be enrolled in a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary.

Unaffiliated voters can’t participate in a party primary but people have until noon on August 13 to register with a political party if they want to vote. The primary, if it happens, would be held August 14. The deadline is much earlier if you want to change your party affiliation. If you want to switch parties, you only have until May 14, 2012 to do so.

To change your political party or switch from unaffiliated to a party affiliation, you’ll need to fill out a new voter registration card. If you have any questions about a possible primary, your party affiliation, or the procedure for changing your party affiliation, contact the Registrars. There should be plenty of them at the polls today!

3. If you missed Middlefield’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting last night don’t worry, so did everyone else. As the meeting was scheduled for around the same time as Regional District 13 Board of Education’s final budget presentation, the Board of Selectmen decided to cancel it. The Selectmen will, however, hold a special meeting today at noon in the First Selectman’s office in to call for the Annual Town Budget Meeting to be held on May 14.

4. Wondering how you’re going to entertain the kids this summer?
With the long school holidays fast approaching, Durham Recreation has plenty of suggestions. This summer’s programs include the summer playground, a cheerleading clinic, summer youth nights and a youth cooking camp to name just a few. Registration will be held today, and again on May 15 and May 22 at Durham Town Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll find more information on the programs and recreation registration forms online.

5. This day in history:  On May 8, 1945, the United States and Great
Britain celebrated Victory in Europe Day as German troops surrendered
throughout Europe.


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