Even if you are not registered to vote or not a member of a political party, it is not too late to participate in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Prospective voters — either unregistered or unaffiliated with a political party — have until noon Monday to visit their local registrars of voters and sign up as Democrats or Republicans, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says.

Voter registration in Connecticut

Even 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by Nov. 6 are eligible to vote in the primaries. All those wishing to register must do so in person at their local registrars of voters office.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and according to Merrill’s office, some 57,474 new voters have registered to vote since January 1, bringing the total number of active registered voters in Connecticut to 1,968,790.

“This figure includes 723,035 Democrats, 412,509 Republicans and 818,703 unaffiliated voters,” Merrill’s office reports.

According to Merrill, “some 18,659 [new voters] have registered as Democrats, while 11,553 have registered as Republicans.  A total of 26,004 new voters have registered as unaffiliated” with any political party.

Absentee ballots are now available and in order to be counted for the municipal primary, they must be received by Town Clerks’ offices no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Paul has more than 40 years of reporting and editing experience at newspapers in New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut. He worked 22 years at the Hartford Courant in various editing roles including as deputy state editor, assistant editor of Northeast Magazine, and as an associate editor at Courant.com. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. A trained chef, he and his wife own and operate a bed and breakfast in an historic home in Mansfield.

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