The deadline for a registered voter to switch from a major party to another and vote in a September municipal primary is June 13. Unaffiliated voters have up to the day before the primary to transfer to a party and vote in the primary.
City election officials say that within the past week or so about 24 Republicans have become Democrats, driven by the campaign of Mary-Jane Foster, not an overwhelming amount but when you’re a challenger you seek every advantage, a couple of dozen voters here and there could be significant. Among the Republicans making the switch are Foster’s husband Jack McGregor and OIB friend Bruce Hubler. The city GOP has roughly 4,600 registered voters. For Foster to be successful she must attract voters not controlled by party regulars supporting Mayor Bill Finch. The bigger push for the Foster campaign will come with persuading the ranks of 20,000 unaffiliated voters to become Dems. It’s a lot of work that requires mailing and calling and urging voters.
All kinds of stuff involved in a municipal election calendar. If you want to review the bleary-eyed process grab a triple espresso and check this out: www.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/electionservices
Meanwhile, what’s the latest campaign gossip? Still a lot of Joe Ganim chatter out there. Will the former mayor get in the game for his old job? And will former State Senator Ernie Newton fire up the East End for Joe? Hey Joe, don’t be bashful about letting us know what’s going on. Remember me?