FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced the names of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates who will appear on the ballot for Connecticut’s April 26 primary election.
With the candidates announced, who do you plan to vote for in the Connecticut primary?
“This has been a captivating campaign season that has revealed vastly different visions for America’s future. The choices are exciting," Merrill said. "With the candidates available to us identified, the most important thing for you to do is to show up and vote on April 26th.”
The following Democratic candidates will have their names on the ballot (with the order to be randomly selected in March):
- Hillary Clinton
- Bernie Sanders
The following Republican candidates were selected to appear on the ballot (also with the order to be randomly selected in March):
- Jeb Bush
- Ben Carson
- Ted Cruz
- John R. Kasich
- Marco Rubio
- Donald J. Trump
Merrill was joined by Chairman of the Connecticut Democratic Party Nick Balletto and the Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party J.R. Romano in making the announcement Tuesday.
To cast a a ballot in the Connecticut primary, a voter must be a registered member of the political party.
“Connecticut will play an important role in selecting our next president, and the Connecticut Democratic Party is thrilled to have two wonderful candidates running for the nomination," Balletto said. "I encourage all registered Democrats to vote and have their voices heard.”
Romano agreed. “This year, the Connecticut Republican Party has taken a direct outreach approach to registering new Republicans to vote with our 'Have A Say' campaign, targeting tens of thousands of previously unreached Connecticut residents to register as Republicans and have their say in our nominating process,” he said.
Each candidate selected for the allot will be notified by registered mail with return receipt requested, as required by law. Candidates may request that their names be omitted from the ballot as long as they make a written request, “not later than twelve o’clock p.m. of the thirty-sixth day before the primary.”
According to state statutes, a candidate's name may be placed on a party's primary ballot in one of two ways:
- by the Secretary of the State, if she determines that the “candidacy of such person for such party’s nomination for President is generally and seriously advocated or recognized” or
- by petition signed by at least 1 percent of the enrolled members of the party in the state.
To petition onto the ballot, a minimum signature requirements would be more than 7,100 Democrats and upwards of 4,000 Republicans.
Petitions became available Feb. 16 and must be submitted to local registrars of voters by March 4.
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