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Voting Guide for CT's GOP Pres. 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 Stratford Registrar of Voters. Photo ID with proof of address is required -- such as a driver's 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 its primaries.

eric peterson February 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Tried to change from democrat to republican, but the voter registration at Stratford town hall is never open. Friday afternoon at 3 PM isn't a valid time I guess. I WILL be voting republicam in the general election.....a pissed off democrat.
Gmoney February 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM
This Nutmegger supports Ron Paul 2012!
Gmoney February 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Ron Paul is THE guy for disenchanted Dems. He is the best of either party, & none of the worst.
Gmoney February 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Go to RonPaul.com to check out the TRUTH about the issues & Dr. Paul's stances on them. Get the story straight from the horse's mouth!
Hal Baird February 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I thought Buddy Roemer submitted his paperwork something like 20 minutes late with the secretary of the state and therefore he did not qualify for a spot on the Connecticut ballot. The other four names are correct. Please if you are not or will not be a registered Republican do not attempt to vote in April. As a poll worker, I always have to tell a handful of people at primaries they can't vote because they are not a member of a particular party. If you are not sure, call the Registrars of Voters office before April 24. It could save you a wasted trip to the polls.
lawmanjed February 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I consider myself to be fiscally conservative & socially liberal, which is why I support Dr. Paul.

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