The coronavirus issue has become a part of our lives on many levels, and so, it was inevitable that it would eventually impact the political scene in Connecticut.
On Thursday, following discussions with local election officials and other legislative officials, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Gov. Ned Lamont decided to postpone the Connecticut Presidential Primary from April 28 to June 2.
In a prepared statement from the Office of the Secretary of the State, Merrill said her most important concerns are allowing every Connecticut voter to make their voice heard in the selection of the presidential candidates and ensuring voters are able to cast ballots as safely as possible.
Courtney Cullinan, Chairwoman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee and the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy at the Connecticut Senate Democrats, believes it is a good, smart move.
“I think it is smart to move the primary in these uncertain and challenging times," Cullinan said. “It is important that everyone who would like to vote is able to without concern of their health. All political parties need to work together right now to ensure the health and well-being of our communities.”
In the prepared statement, Merrill stated that moving the Presidential Primary is a recognition of the severity and nature of the crisis that impacts all of us. More steps may be needed to guarantee that every Connecticut voter has an opportunity to cast their ballot. This may include suspension of supervised balloting requirements and allowing more voters to vote using absentee ballots.
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter at the New Haven Register for 36 years.