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Darien LWV Summer Update

CT Primary is Tuesday August, 14th

You must be a registered Democrat or Republican to vote in the Primary.  Unaffiliated Voters can switch their party affiliation by submitting a new voter registration form to the Registrars of Voters postmarked by August 9th or in person by noon on August 13th. 

See below for more information about primary regulations, voter

registration and absentee ballots (thanks to our writer, Joan Davis). All information was verified by the Registrars of Voters and the Town Clerk.

Primary Regulations:

Voters registered as Unaffiliated or as parties other than Democrat or Republican are NOT eligible to vote in the August primary but may vote in the November general election. The deadline for a voter to switch between Democrat and Republican parties was May 14th. Voters may switch between Democrat and Republican party affiliation at any time but it does not become effective until three months after filing the necessary forms with the Registrars of Voters.

Teens who will be 18 by Election Day, Tuesday November 6th and have registered as either Democrat or Republican, may vote in the primary. Those registering as a different party or as Unaffiliated are NOT eligible to vote in the August primary but may vote in the November general election.

Switching from Unaffiliated to Democrat or Republican for Primary Voting:

Registered Unaffiliated voters may become affiliated with the Democrat or Republican party and may vote in the August Primary if they complete a new voter registration card postmarked by August 9th or appear in person at the Registrars of Voters office in Town Hall by noon on August 13th.

A voter registration card may be downloaded from the town website at, Departments & Services, Registrars of Voters, Voter Registration Form.  If returning by mail, address to Registrars of Voters, 2 Renshaw Road Darien CT 06820.

New Voter Registration:

Voter registration applications may be obtained from the Registrars of Voters at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road. and the completed form must either be received by the Registrars by mail, postmarked  by August 9th or the applicant may appear in person at the Registrar’s office by noon on August 13th. Applicants may register as any party or as Unaffiliated. However, to be eligible to vote in the August Primary, one must register as a Democrat or Republican.

Absentee Ballots:

Applications for absentee ballots for the Primary may be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall or downloaded from the town website, under Departments & Services, Town Clerk, Forms and Applications. (note – this will print as a legal size 8 1/2×14 inch paper size document).  If corresponding by mail, voters should allow adequate time for the application to be received by the Town Clerk, processed, and an absentee ballot sent out by mail, which must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office, prior to 8:00 PM on the August 14th primary date.

If you are unsure as to if or where you are registered to vote, go to:, Departments & Services, Registrars of Voters, Voting Districts, and click on “Where do I vote – Quick Lookup Tool”.

Every citizen should exercise his/her right to vote.  As the LWV puts it, “Democracy is not a spectator sport.


Thank you to our league volunteers who ran a voter registration table at the Darien Sidewalk Sale

Martha Banks, Taylor Carter, Kate Larson, Liz Mao, Gwen Mogenson, Mary Ellen Moore, Laura Mosher, Clara Sartori, Susan Spain, Barbara Thorne, Bert von Stuelpnagel

We didn’t get a lot of new registrations but many people stopped by to thank us for our presence.

Stay tuned for National Voter Registration Day, September 25th.  We will be on-site at Darien High School and the Darien Library.


SAVE THE DATES – Yes Our Fall Schedule is already filling up


September Monthly Meeting 

Wednesday, September 5th


NEW LOCATION: Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North (next to Goodwives Shopping Center) 

9:10 AM Coffee (BYOB) and Conversation

9:30 AM Business Meeting.