The State of Connecticut has announced that there will be both a Democratic presidential primary and a Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, April 28. Lyme residents who are registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary; Lyme residents who are registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. Unaffiliated voters and residents who are registered with other political parities are not permitted to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. Unaffiliated voters may change their party affiliation to either the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the corresponding presidential primary by coming to Lyme Town Hall no later than Monday, April 27, at noon.
The polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to enable Lyme residents to vote in-person at Town Hall for the:
- Democratic Presidential Preference Primary;
- Republican Presidential Preference Primary; and
- Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary.
Town Hall will be closed to all other public business on Election Day to reduce the number of people in the building and reduce potential virus exposure. Masks will be required to enter Town Hall and social distancing protocols will be observed.
The following is important information for Lyme residents who wish to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming August 11 Presidential Preference Primary (Democratic & Republican) and State Primary (Republican):
- MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. If you aren’t sure, go here. If you need to register, contact Lyme’s Registrars of Voters at email@example.com or go here.
- WATCH YOUR MAILBOX FOR AN APPLICATION. Because of the pandemic, all active voters registered as either Democrat or Republican in Connecticut will be able to vote by absentee ballot in the August 11 primaries. The Secretary of the State is mailing an application to all eligible voters. You must fill out and return this application in order to receive an absentee ballot.
- FILL THE APPLICATION OUT, MAIL IT IN, WAIT FOR YOUR BALLOT. Fill out the ballot application according to the instructions. Return the ballot application to the Lyme Town Clerk in the postage-prepaid envelope provided. Your absentee ballot will arrive by mail from the Secretary of the State (not the Lyme Town Clerk) about three weeks before the August 11 primaries.
- COMPLETE THE BALLOT, COMPLETE THE INNER ENVELOPE, SEAL BOTH INSIDE THE OUTER ENVELOPE. Your ballot package will have three items: a ballot, an inner envelope and an outer envelope.
- Complete your ballot by completely filling in the oval next to your choice using a black pen.
- Seal, sign and date the inner envelope. Insert your completed ballot into the inner envelope provided. Seal the envelope. Sign and date the outside of the inner envelope where indicated.
- Place the inner envelope into the larger postage-prepaid outer envelope and seal the outer envelope.
- RETURN BALLOT TO THE LYME TOWN CLERK. Mail the completed ballot via the postage-paid outer envelope to the Town Clerk. It must be received by the Town Clerk no later than 8:00 PM ON AUGUST 11 in order to be counted. If you choose to return your absentee ballot in person, please be aware of these rules and deadlines:
- The ballot must be sealed inside the inner and outer envelopes just as if you were returning it by mail.
- If you return the absentee ballot in person PRIOR TO AUGUST 11, you must hand it to the Town Clerk no later than 4:00 PM ON AUGUST 10.
- If you return the absentee ballot in person ON AUGUST 11, you must place it in the drop box at Town Hall no later than 8:00 PM ON AUGUST 11.
The following is important information for Lyme residents regarding the upcoming August 11 Presidential Preference Primary (Democratic & Republican) and State Primary (Republican):
- Electors registered as Democratic may vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary on August 11; electors registered as Republican may vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary and the Republican State Primary on August 11. There is no Democratic State Primary this year.
- Mail-in NEW registrations for voting in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary or Republican Presidential Preference Primary and Republican State Primary must be POSTMARKED on or by THURSDAY, AUGUST 6.
- Mail-in ENROLLMENT applications of UNAFFILIATED voters must be RECEIVED (NOT MERELY POSTMARKED) by THURSDAY, AUGUST 6.
- NEW voters have until 12:00 NOON, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, to complete a registration card IN PERSON at the Town Hall in order to affiliate with either the Democratic Party or Republican Party and vote in their respective Primary on August 11.
- UNAFFILIATED electors have until 12:00 NOON, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, to complete a new registration card IN PERSON at the Town Hall in order to affiliate with either the Democratic Party or Republican Party in order to vote in their respective Primary on August 11.
- Registrations or enrollments completed ONLINE must be RECEIVED on or before THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, in order to vote in the Primary on August 11.
- The deadline for Republicans to switch to the Democratic Party or Democrats to switch to the Republican Party in order to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary was January 28, 2020. The deadline for Democrats to switch to the Republican Party in order to vote in the State Primary was May 11, 2020.
- Unaffiliated electors MAY NOT vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primary.
- Electors who registered online or through the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) are encouraged to verify their registration by calling the Town Hall (860-434-7733) Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- Electors who are not sure whether or how they are affiliated are encouraged to call the Town Hall (860-434-7733) Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to determine their status.
- THERE IS NO EDR (ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION) FOR PRIMARIES. You must already be on the official voter list to vote on August 11.