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Unaffiliated voters who wish to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary elections face quickly-approaching deadlines to register as Republicans or Democrats.

It is already too late to switch from one party to another before the primary. But unaffiliated voters and residents who have not yet registered to vote can register and sign up with a political party in person at their town offices until Aug. 11 at noon.

They can also fill out the paperwork and submit them online or print out the forms and mail them into their town offices. But in that case, their deadline is no later than next Thursday, Aug. 7.

Voter turnout for both parties is expected to be low, according to Av Harris, communications director for Secretary of State Denise Merrill. However, it is expected to be much lower on the Democratic side because the most significant primary elections this year are between Republican candidates.

Harris said he expects about 120,000 Republicans to go to the polls and pick their candidate for statewide offices including governor, lieutenant governor, and comptroller. Democrats and Republicans will pick their state representative and state senate candidates in many legislative districts.

“Republicans will have a higher turnout, but that means about 25 – 30 percent of registered voters,” Harris said. “In the grand scheme that’s not a high turnout, but it’s pretty average for a statewide primary.”

For both Democrats and Republicans, the voter turnout can still include 17-year-old residents who will turn 18 years old prior to the Nov. 4 general election as they can still register and vote in the primary election. They face the same registration deadlines as other voters.

According to the latest voter registration numbers, Connecticut now has close to 2 million active registered voters and the biggest chunk of them, 801,752, are unaffiliated. Meanwhile there are 704,561 Democrats and 399,815 Republicans. More than 32,000 residents have joined the voter rolls since the beginning of this year, according to Merrill’s office.

Here is a list of all the Aug. 12 primary races, according to the Office of the Secretary of the State (* denotes party endorsed candidate):

*Thomas Foley
John McKinney

Lieutenant Governor        
*Penny Bacchiochi
Heather Somers
David Walker

*Sharon McLaughlin
Angel Cadena

State Senate District 2
(Parts of Bloomfield, Hartford and Windsor)
*Shawn Wooden
Eric Coleman
Len Walker

State Senate 20        
(Bozrah, East Lyme, New London, Old Lyme, Salem, Waterford and parts of Montville and Old Saybrook)     
*Elizabeth Ritter
William Satti

State Senate 22
(Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe)
*Anthony Musto
Marilyn Moore
State Senate 23
(Parts of Bridgeport and Stratford)
*Andres Ayala Jr.
Scott Hughes  
House District 7
(Parts of Hartford)
*Douglas McCroy
Donna Thompson-Daniel

House District 23
(Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and parts of Westbrook)
*Devin Carney
Vicki Lanier

House District 32
(Cromwell, Portland) 
*Kathleen Richards
Anthony “Tony” Salvatore

House District 44
(Parts of Killingly and Plainfield) 
*Christine Rosati
Michael Cartier

House District 47    
(Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Scotland, parts of Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich and Sprague)
Doug Dubitsky
Noah Enslow
Michael Meadows  

House District 48                  
(Parts of Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, and Windham)
*Linda Orange
Jason Paul

House District 64
(Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon and parts of Goshen and Torrington)
*Brian Ohler
Mark Lauretano

House District 122
(Parts of Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull) 
*Ben McGorty
Michael Vickerelli

House District 124
(Parts of Bridgeport)
*Ernie Newton  
Andre Baker

House District 128
(Parts of Bridgeport)
*Christopher Rosario
Christina Ayala
Dennis Bradley
Teresa Davidson

House District 133  
(Parts of Fairfield) 
*Cristin McCarthey Vahey
Matt Waggner  

House District 137
(Parts of Norwalk)
*David Watts
Chris Perrone    

House District 140
(Parts of Norwalk)
*Bruce Morris
Warren Pena

House District 142
(Parts of New Canaan and Norwalk)
*Emily Wilson
Fred Wilms

Probate District 27
(Plainfield, Killingly)
*Andrea Truppa
Anna Zubkova

Probate District 34
(Madison, Guilford) 
*William Bilcheck
Gail Kotowski

Registrar of Voters- Bristol
*Kevin McCauley
Mary Rydingsward

Registrar of Voters – Chaplin  
*Eugene Boomer Jr.
William Jenkins

Registrar of Voters – Danbury  
*Susan Lewis Ward
Margaret Gallo

Registrar of Voters – Hampton  
*Marilynn Higgins
Matthew LaFontaine

Registrar of Voters –  North Stonington  
*Marilynn MacKay
Joan Kepler

Registrar of Voters – Norwalk  
*John Federici
Karen Doyle Lyons

Registrar of Voters – Somers          
William Carl Walton III
David McCaffrey