Voting in Presidential Primaries, town budget referendum to be at St. Jude

St. Jude Catholic Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, had operated a school on its property for decades before closing it in 2018.

MONROE, CT — Town Council members voted to allow First Selectman Terry Rooney to execute an agreement enabling the Registrars of Voters to use the St. Jude School building on Monroe Turnpike as the sole polling place for the Presidential Primaries on April 2 and the town budget referendum on May 7.

“It reduces voting in the schools when classes are in session for safety and security issues,” Republican Registrar Debra Dutches said of the change, while working in her office at Town Hall Thursday afternoon.

Democratic Registrar Katherine Briggs said less staffing will be needed, saving the town around $3,000.

Though these elections are being held at St. Jude, Dutches said voters will always go to the town’s four polling places on Election Day in November.

“We’re just looking at St. Jude for smaller elections and primaries,” Briggs explained.

Presidential Primaries

A Presidential Preference Primary is an election in which voters decide on their preferred party candidate for president in the upcoming General Election. Only registered Democrats or Republicans may vote in these Primaries.

The Democratic and Republican Presidential Preference Primaries will be held in the St. Jude gymnasium, 707 Monroe Turnpike, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters from Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 will all vote at St. Jude.

Dutches said someone will be in the gym to direct registered Democrats and Republics to their side of the room to vote.

This year Monroe will have early voting for these primaries on March 26, 27, 28 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road.

Registration & Enrollment 

 January 2, 2024 was the last day to switch parties prior to the April 2 election.

The deadline for unaffiliated voters, who want to vote during the early voting period, to enroll in a party is March 25, 2024 at noon. 

Voter Registration for Early Voting

Those who are not yet registered, but want to vote during the early voting period before the Presidential Preference Primary, may file their voter registration application (for a party holding a primary) with the Registrars of Voters in their town by noon on the business day before the day they want to vote. 

April 1, 2024 at noon is the deadline for registering in person with the Registrars of Voters or town clerk in your town of residence to vote on April 2; and it is the deadline for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party in person for voting on April 2.

The easiest and quickest way to register to vote is online. If you have a valid Connecticut driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo ID card issued by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, click here to register online.

You may also print a voter registration card here and mail it to the Registrars of Voters’ Office at Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road. Mailed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2024.

Those planning to register to vote in person, may do so at the Registrar of Voters’ Office until Monday, April 1, 2024 by noon. Bring ID and proof of residence.

The Registrars of Voters will hold a special enrollment session on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Registrars of Voters’ Office at Town Hall.

You may register to vote at this session. Bring ID and proof of residence. The Registrars of Voters will also hear requests at this session from people removed from the registry list, who want to add their names back on.

There will be no Same Day Registration for these Primaries.

All questions can be directed to the Registrars of Voters at 203-452-2820. Those interested in becoming poll workers can also call the office for information or visit the town website.

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