Woodbridge will be holding the Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday, August 11 at the Senior Cafeteria located in the Center building at 4 Meetinghouse Lane. The primaries had been postponed twice from the spring, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The candidates for president on the Democratic ballot are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard. The candidates for president on the Republican ballot are Donald Trump and Rockie Dela Fuente.
There also will be a Democratic state senatorial primary for District 17 in the same location. Candidates are Jorge Cabrera and Justin Farmer.
Applications for absentee voting have been mailed out to all registered voters. Once the applications have been received, the Town Clerk’s office will mail out ballots, which are due back by 8 p.m. on August 11. Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off in a marked CT ballot box near the entrance to the Town Clerk’s office on the north side of Town Hall.
In-person voting hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. All voters who are registered Republican or Democrat and have not submitted an absentee ballot may vote in person.
The deadline for new voters, and for unaffiliated voters, to enroll in a party is August 6. Mail-in applications for new voters must be postmarked by August 8. For unaffiliated voters, the mail-in application must be received (not merely postmarked) by the Registrar of Voters by this deadline.
Unaffiliated voters may register with a party in person up to noon on August 10. Call the Town Clerk at (203) 389-3422 to make an appointment for in-person registration.
In-person voters are asked to bring an ID, a mask and a blue or black pen to the election. Adhering to social distancing markings will allow for a safe voting procedure.
The need for the presidential primary arose because the candidates who are challenging the front runners in both parties chose not to take their names off the ballot. Even so, the demand for absentee ballots has been swift, according to Ellie Sheehy in the town clerk’s office.
For more information call the Town Clerk at 203-389-3422 during business hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent