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, its Chris Murphy versus Susan Bysiewicz and for the Republicans, its 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.

mike campbell August 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Juliet w. long was completely empty when I went at 9:00 am.the whole process took 4 minutes,tops.everyone working-volunteering was super nice.
REVMAN August 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Susan I want to vote but the powers to be think I'm not good enough because I'm registered as an INDEPENDENT so we can not vote in primaries.Someday they will wake up as I am always asked by both parties how I'm going to vote.
Jason Morris August 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
To vote is to legitimize the current political system and government. Do you agree with our soldiers occupying countries where the locals have no idea why they are there or what 9/11 is? (Fact. afghanistan poll) Do you agree with the size of our defense budget being more than the next largest 25 countries' budgets combined, most of them allies? Do you agree with the provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 12 that states americans can be indefinitely detained for "supporting" "terrorists"? that provision, thankfully so far, has been placed under injunction by a federal court while prominent civil rights figures fight the Obama administration...yes, the president is fighting to keep that ability. Do you agree with the ability for corporations and wealthy individuals to contribute unlimited amounts of money to support certain political campaigns? Or with the "revolving door" of government where execs and lobbyists from private companys go in and out of regulating themselves for the benefit of that private company? yes, it is true. I could go on. If you vote, you give consent to those who wish to govern you under the current system. you have a choice...give your consent - or not.
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REVMAN September 22, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Clark-This election may be a surprise for the candidates because every call I get who ask who I'm voting for I state I'm an independent and nothing more.I always vote in the elections for the canidate I think will do a good job.I am not afraid I'm an independent thinker.


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