Early Voting Guide & National Ag Day

March 19, 2024

The state is preparing for our first election with early voting. Some of you may have questions as we approach the presidential primary election next week. Keep scrolling to find out when and where you can cast a ballot in the 42nd district.

Today is National Agriculture Day! Read below to learn how Connecticut farmers support families and our economy every, single day.

Utility companies are offering payment plans to some customers with unpaid balances. I'll break down how the plan works and who to contact if you need assistance.

Here are the sections in today's email:

  • Early Voting Guide
  • National Ag Day
  • Help with Unpaid Utility Balances
Early Voting Guide

Early voting options are now available thanks to the work of the Connecticut General Assembly last session. Voters in the state will head to the polls as early as next week for the 2024 presidential primary.

This legislation was made possible by a state Constitutional amendment approved by a wide majority of Connecticut voters in 2022. It will provide you - and voters across the state - with more flexibility and access to cast your vote with the confidence that your voice is heard and your civic duty is fulfilled, while avoiding large crowds and scheduling conflicts.

Anticipating that you may have questions about this new process, I hope the guide below will be helpful in providing information to answer them.

Here's what you need to know:

When is early voting?

For the April 2 presidential preference primary election, early voting will take place from 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. on March 26, 27, 28, and 30. Due to Good Friday and Easter, there will be no early voting Friday, March 29 or Sunday, March 31.

Here is where early voting is taking place in your town:

  • New Canaan: Town Hall - Conference Room B on 1st floor on Main Street
  • Ridgefield: Town Hall on Main Street
  • Wilton: Town Hall, Room B on Danbury Road

Seventeen-year-olds may register and vote in the primary if they will have attained the age of 18 by November 2, 2024.

Early voting for the August 13 primary elections will take place between August 5 and August 11.

Early voting for the November 5 general election will take place between October 21 to November 3.

Are there deadlines to be aware of?

Monday, March 25 at noon is the deadline to register with a political party to vote in the early voting period for the presidential preference primary.

Monday, April 1 at noon is the deadline for registering in person with your registrar of voters or town clerk to vote on April 2, and for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party for in-person voting.

Voting is one of our country's most privileged and fundamental rights, and your participation is crucial in shaping the future. Let’s amplify the impact of our collective voice – start voting early!

National Ag Day

It’s National Ag Day!

Today, we recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture and Connecticut farmers. Join me in showing appreciation for all those who keep us fed no matter what. 🧑‍

Connecticut’s diverse agriculture community consists of more than 5,500 farms which contributes $4 billion to the state’s economy and more than 20,000 jobs, while providing a safe, abundant supply of food, fiber, and flowers.

Help with Unpaid Utility Balances

Utility companies have started reaching out to residential customers with unpaid balances to sign up for payment plans to avoid interruption in their current services.

Those with financial hardships or medical issues due to a serious illness have not been eligible for termination due to nonpayment since March 2020, which stems from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a longstanding statutory moratorium that annually safeguards Connecticut residents from winter shut-offs from November 1 to May 1.   

If you get one of these notices, my office can work with you to help contact utility companies directly to set up a payment plan to avoid service disruption. These plans charge no interest, and all customers qualify at least once for one or more of the plans. Please see the graphics below for contact information for the utility companies and the available payment plan options for eligible customers.

Additionally, the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut can also help. Please visit https://caawc.org or call (203) 357-0720.

After connecting with utility companies, customers may additionally contact PURA’s customer affairs unit for specific questions regarding payment arrangements. As a reminder, utility companies will never call threatening to shut off power and demanding immediate payment.

Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or feedback.