Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State, announced Thursday that Connecticut’s presidential primary election has been postponed to June 2, in light of the ongoing struggle to impede the spread of coronavirus.
The original date was April 28.
“Moving the primary date is a good first step,” Merrill said in a statement, “and will give our local election officials more time to prepare.”
Merrill said in a statement that she had consulted with the Gov. Ned Lamont, local election officials, the bipartisan leadership in the General Assembly and officials in other states.
The Connecticut Town Clerks Association had issued a letter Wednesday criticizing Merrill’s plan to expand the use of absentee ballots.
“My most important concerns are allowing every Connecticut voter to make their voice heard in the selection of the presidential candidates,” Merrill said, “and ensuring that they are able to cast their ballots as safely as possible.”
She added that “changing an election date is not something we do lightly.”
“It’s a recognition of the severity and nature of this crisis,” she said, “and more steps may be necessary to guarantee that every Connecticut voter has an opportunity to cast their ballot.”