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Patch's Poll: Do You Vote in Political Primaries?

Connecticut voters head to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots for their choice Democratic or Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate, 2nd and 5th District races.

When all is said and done, political primaries that do not involve a presidential race aren’t exactly huge draws for voters.

Historically, only the most politically aware or involved Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut head to the polls to vote for their choice candidates in federal elections.

The same will happen on Tuesday, when registered party members will be able to vote in the lone statewide contest for U.S. Senate. For the Democrats, it's Chris Murphy versus Susan Bysiewicz and for the Republicans, it's Linda McMahon versus Chris Shays.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

According to CTNewsJunkie.com, party analysts are expecting roughly a 25-percent turnout of registered voters on both sides. The news site pointed out that the hotly contested Fifth District race will likely be higher in terms of a percentage of voters, given the fact that the seat remains open.

And 25 percent sounds about right.

According to statistics on the Secretary of the State’s website, back in 2010, roughly 30 percent (122,321 voters) of registered Republicans voted in the U.S. Senate primary between Linda McMahon, Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff. On the Republican gubernatorial front, about 29 percent (120,171 voters) cast ballots in the three-way race between Tom Foley, Michael Fedele and Oz Griebel.

On the Democratic side, about 24 percent (180,926 voters) cast ballots in the race between Dannel P. Malloy and Ned Lamont.

The number of registered Republicans in 2010 was 407,407, while the number of registered Democrats was 739,224, according to the website YourCt.com.

By comparison, voter turnout in one of the most notable primary races in recent memory — the 2006 upset victory when Ned Lamont beat out Joe Lieberman — garnered 43 percent of registered Democrats in Connecticut.

What about you? Do you vote in primaries in Connecticut? Do you even care? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

concerned August 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
It's important to vote in the primaries to get rid of the same ole same ole in this state. Do your research, are you happy with the way the country, state is headed? If not get out there and vote for the candidate who represents the people (good luck),and stop voting the same ones in over and over again. Remember, these polical offices were setup as "part time" and the candidates should not be benefiting from the politcal process, the PEOPLE should. So wake up America and get out and vote.
Robert Kalechman August 14, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Remember to cast your vote tomorrow and on Election day Tuesday 6 November 2012 Linda Schofield won a house seat for the democrats by only 82 votes on the working party line which was counted with her democratic votes and that is how she won , she never would of pulled it off with out working Families Party votes and she repaid them with her attacks on Deb Noble the working Party Candidate via Allen Needham he is now out to prevent public audience at Selectman meetings along with the head of the democrats in Simsbury Mr Tinsdale plus others
Terri Wilson August 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Of course I vote in primaries - it a right not a privilege. But in CT you have to be registered with a party to vote. I believe in the direct primary system, not conventions. Would save a lot of time and money. And I think the CT primary should be moved to September when people are back from vacation. There would be a higher vote turnout. Make it easy to vote - vote on a weekend like other countries, early voting like other states, and really push vote by mail for those who cannot be present or cannot make it to the polls. There are so many changes we can make to get the vote out that our legislature has been way too slow to adopt. Get going CT so we can have the elected officials the people want and a turnout we can be proud of!
Andrew Ziemba August 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Yes, in fact I just voted 3 times for Linda
Jennifer Feldman November 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I vote in every election. It is a hard fought right and I feel not to do so reflects poorly on a persons character, intelligence, and purpose. We have men and women fighting around the world protecting this right for us and for others. If you are not part of the solution then you are a part of the problem. Jen Feldman

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