Letter: Why vote in the primaries?

To the Editor:

On Aug. 14, registered Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to vote in their primary election. Why are primary elections important? Primary elections provide yet another avenue through which voters can take part in the process of choosing their own leaders, selecting  the people in their party who most resemble their own belief system, letting politicians know what is important to them. But in CT, you must be registered in a party to participate in the primaries.

New or unaffiliated voters still have time to register in a party. The deadline for in person registration at Town Hall is noon, Aug. 13. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 with special hours on Saturday, Aug. 11, for those who will be out of town on the 14th and need to vote via  absentee ballot.

As usual, three polling places will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., with a slight change for those who usually vote at Yanity Gym — for your comfort, the location has been changed to the  Board of Education’s air-conditioned meeting room in the Town Hall Annex across the parking lot from Yanity!

Primaries continue to be a vital and important part of America’s democratic process. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have multiple candidates to choose from including governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general. In addition, Republicans can also choose  their US senator and controller candidates.

According to the SOTS records, as of Nov. 1, 2017, Ridgefield had 18,024 “active” registered voters — 6,091 were Republicans and 5,264 were Democrats. If you are one of those registered Republicans or Democrats, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your voice heard about who represents you in your party on Nov. 6.

Remember, every vote really does count!

Marilyn P. Carroll

President, Ridgefield League of Women Voters, Aug. 5