HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont tweeted Thursday that he moved Connecticut’s April 28 presidential primary to June 2.
Lamont said that the decision to postpone the primary was done in concert with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and other states. Lamont has been talking to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a near daily basis about the situation, including changing the primary date.
“During these difficult times, we also want to make sure that democracy is not impacted and voters can still cast their ballots safely,” Lamont said. “Rescheduling the primary election will enable voters to still safely participate in our state’s elections while also protecting their health and the well-being of those who help to carry out elections — our town clerks, registrars, voters and dedicated poll workers.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that in-person events that consist of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed. The White House has advised people to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
It’s advice that Connecticut’s two political parties are also taking.
The Connecticut Democratic and Republican Party released a statement Thursday about their decision to allow delegates to be chosen by video or telephone conference.
Democratic State Chair Nancy Wyman and Republican State Chair JR Romano agreed to temporarily set aside the state law that requires in-person voting and allow the political parties to “carry out their responsibilities through telephonic, video or other technological means that provide for a virtual presence for their participants.”
They determined there wasn’t a need for an executive order to make that happen.
“These are highly unusual times. We need to protect the health of members without hindering the electoral process. Allowing virtual voting is the answer and I thank Chairman Romano for working with us to make it happen,” Wyman said.
Romano said, “I appreciate everyone coming together to ensure that our local election calendar can stay on track. This is an unpredictable time and the Secretary of State, the Democratic party and the Republican party responded quickly and fairly.”
The agreement will allow local town committees to meet April deadlines for choosing local town committee officers and delegates to the nominating conventions.