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Voting Guide for State's GOP Presidential Primary

New and unaffiliated voters can still join the Republican party and cast a vote for their presidential hopeful of choice. Others are out of luck.

 

The ongoing presidential primaries come to Connecticut on April 24. The Republican candidates will be vying for 28 delegates, with 1,144 needed to outright win the party's presidential nomination. Although the voting is open to Republicans only there’s still time for some people to join the party and vote in the primary.

New, Unaffiliated Voters

The deadline for voters currently in another party (particularly Democrats) to switch was Jan. 24. However, unaffiliated voters and new voters are eligible to join the Republicans by April 19. New voters include those that never registered to vote before and people who previously registered but moved to a new municipality and have not registered there already.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, “For new voters, mail-in applications must be postmarked, or received by the Registrar of Voters or voter registration agency, by this [April 19]. For unaffiliated voters, the mail-in application must be received (not merely postmarked) by the Registrar of Voters by this deadline.”

How to Register

Before you vote (unless you're already a Republican) you’ll have to register with the Registrar of Voters in Town Hall. Photo ID with proof of address is required- such as a license - and there’s a short form to fill out. You must be at least 18 years old. 

Election Information

The shape of the race is evolving with every primary or caucus, but as of now five Republicans in the race are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Also running is the oft-ignored Buddy Roemer, who has not been included in the presidential debates due to low polling numbers. 

In 2008, John McCain, who went on to win the nomination, dominated with 52 percent of the 151,604 votes cast. Mitt Romney finished second with 33 percent. Mike Huckabee had 7 percent and Ron Paul attracted 4 percent of voters. Back then Connecticut was a “winner take all state,” with McCain nabbing every delegate. In an attempt to encourage the candidates to campaign in the Nutmeg State, the Connecticut Republicans recently changed the rules to award proportional delegates for the runner-up candidates..

On April 24, Rhode Island (19 delegates), New York (95 delegates), Pennsylvania and Delaware (17 delegates) will also be having their primaries.

Eric Auer February 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I don't think Gene is that far off actually as a small business for 40 yrs I see small businesses as 1-5-10 maybe 25 persons that generate the majority of taxes , keep the local economy going such as delis, gas, stores , hardware and you get the picture a community. facts are a usefull to understand whats going on. a fact I heard on the radio GM made 7billion dollars last year 54,000 employees Yales endowment fund made 22% on 16billion to 19billion how many employees? Does yale receive gov't subsidies or grants- .do any of you guys get invited to those cocktali parties? interesting numbers I like numbers and facts and who benefits. follow the money. Eric
Gene Bartholomew February 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Thanks, I think I did hit the nail on the head trying to explain the madness of "OUR SIDE YOUR SIDE BLAH BLAH, W WAS GREAT, OBAMA DESTROYED THE ECONOMY IN 2008" the literal brainwashing of people who actually lived through 2000-2008 and witnessed our destruction first hand, yet refuse to see it because it is their party that did it, with help from the dems of course, but they only see that side of the equation, not that corporations control the show and have since 1980.
Gene Bartholomew February 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Jay, you need to grow up. It's not me you have a problem with, its facts, you hate them because they destroy the fantasy world you have invented for yourself, Repubs like you are no good for your party. I have since 2003 invited every repub like you to please prove my facts as wrong. So far no takers. Just childish arrogance as you diplay above. But you're right, no one can argue with facts, and thats too bad, does our country look like it s doing well??? Well sport it ain't because W was great and Obama sucks, its because they both suck ( one much worse than the other, hint: they called him dubya) because large corporations control it all. here's some therapy for right wing extremits like yourself, just say this 3 times in the morning, afternoon and evening for one week: W sucks and Obama sucks and large corporations are controlling the govt and both parties, therefore both parties suck
Gene Bartholomew February 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Thanks Eric, it is nice to see an intelligent person jump in once in a while, wish it was more often. It may interest you to know that there was supposed to be a Small Business expose' on NPR, exposing how Ct gives an incredibly large amount of our tax dollars to a few large corporations while leaving small businesses out in the cold, it apparently was killed. I had a epiphany this morning. Seeing that SCOTUS declared that all corporations have the same rights as the people of this once great nation, how about these corporations live under the same tax rules that we do?? After all they are one of us legally.
Gene Bartholomew February 23, 2012 at 02:06 PM
It may interest you to know that there was supposed to be a Small Business expose' on NPR, exposing how Ct gives an incredibly large amount of our tax dollars to a few large corporations while leaving small businesses out in the cold, it apparently was killed. I had a epiphany this morning. Seeing that SCOTUS declared that all corporations have the same rights as the people of this once great nation, how about these corporations live under the same tax rules that we do?? After all they are one of us legally. How do you feel about that??

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