Primary petitions due June 10

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is reminding any Democratic or Republican candidates that primary petitions are available for those wishing to run in the Aug. 12 primary for statewide constitutional offices and Representative in Congress. The petitions, which can be signed only by registered Democrats or Republicans, must be submitted to local registrars of voters offices or the secretary of the state’s office by Tuesday, June 10, at 4 p.m.

Any candidate who wishes to petition their way onto the Aug. 12 statewide primary ballot for Representative in Congress and statewide office must collect the signatures of at least 2% of the enrolled party members in the district in which they are seeking office. Republican candidates wishing to petition onto the primary ballot for statewide office need the signatures of 8,190 registered Connecticut Republicans, while Democrats seeking to petition onto the primary ballot for statewide office need signatures from 14,645 registered Democrats in Connecticut.

“We are entering a busy election season as political conventions gear up for state and federal offices,” said Ms. Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official. “I want to make sure candidates for federal office know that primary petitions are available now ... It is a short window to get these petitions signed, as they are due on June 10.”

Petitioning onto the primary ballot is also available for candidates who do not receive the support of at least 15% of the delegates to their state or district convention. Anyone wanting to join the primary via petition for a General Assembly seat or judge of probate must collect signatures from at least 5% of the enrolled party members in a particular district.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for registered Democrats and Republicans to cast ballots in their respective statewide primary Aug. 12.