August 11, 2020

Gov. Lamont Reschedules Presidential Primary … Again, This Time to Aug. 11

HARTFORD/LYME/OLD LYME – Last Thursday, April 17, Gov. Ned Lamont announced in Executive Order 7BB that he is ordering Connecticut’s 2020 presidential primary election to be rescheduled to Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19. He stated this action is being taken in coordination with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

This is the second time the governor has rescheduled the presidential preference primary due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to be held April 28 and then ordered last month to be rescheduled to June 2.

Voting on Aug. 11 will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents and Cross Lane Firehouse for Old Lyme residents.

Absentee Ballot Applications already received by the Lyme and Old Lyme Town Clerks will be used for the new date. Visit this link to request an absentee ballot for the Primary.

For more information on the local Primaries, visit the Town of Lyme website or the Town of Old Lyme website.

The state is already scheduled to hold primaries for other federal, state, and local offices on August 11. Moving the presidential primary to this date will enable the presidential primary to appear on the same ballot as those other races.

“To protect the health and safety of voters, poll workers, and the most vulnerable populations, it just makes most sense to extend the date out to August,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate the continued contact with Secretary Merrill, as well as all of our town clerks and registrars who’ve worked with us each step of the way through this crisis to respond and make necessary adjustments.”

“I support the governor’s decision to move the primary to August 11 to coincide with our state and federal primary,” Secretary Merrill said. “This date change will allow us to make it easier to protect the health and safety of voters and local election officials, prepare for the anticipated increase in demand for absentee ballots, save towns money, and let voters make their voices heard in the presidential primary process, all by holding one primary instead of two.”

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