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Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas Marks Connecticut’s Debut of Early Voting, Releases First Day Update

(Hartford, CT) – Today, Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas marked Connecticut’s debut of early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary by casting her early voting ballot at her home early voting location in Norwalk. Secretary Thomas was joined by state and local elected officials from the city, including Senator Bob Duff, State Representatives Kadeem Roberts and Travis Simms, and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.

“This is a historic moment for Connecticut,” said Secretary Thomas. “We now have so many more opportunities for people to go out and vote. If you have a last-minute emergency or a childcare issue, you no longer have to worry. You can have your say, your day.”

The Office of the Secretary of the State has also released the following voting totals (with additional information released tomorrow):

Early Voters (as of 4 p.m. today)

Democrats – 3,367
Republicans – 1,584
Total voters - 4951

Absentee Ballots (as of end of day Monday, March 25)

Democrat Returned – 2,996
Democrat Issued – 5,351
Republican Returned – 1,476
Republican Issued – 2,454
Total Returned – 4,481
Total Issued – 7,827

Total Registered Voters (as of March 26, 2024)

Democrats – 805,838
Republicans – 469,577

Secretary Thomas’s office has received no reports of major systematic or legal issues. Largely, local election officials have experienced minor technical issues that her office’s IT team has been able to quickly resolve in real time.

The 2024 Presidential Preference Primary, which will be held on Tuesday, April 2, is the first election in Connecticut with early voting. The early voting days for that election include Tuesday, March 26, Wednesday, March 27; Thursday, March 28; and Saturday, March 30. Additional information about early voting and the Presidential Preference Primary may be found at

In 2020, the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary saw a turnout of 30.45%, with 242,651 voters casting ballots, of 796,834 eligible voters. The Republican Presidential Preference Primary drew a turnout of 20.38%, with 88,569 voters casting ballots, of 434,613 eligible voters. The November 2020 Presidential Election saw a turnout of 79.7%.

Any voters who witness or suspect any voter intimidation, wrongdoing or other voting irregularities during the early voting period should call SEEC at (860) 256-2940. On Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, voters may report issues to SEEC’s Election Day Hotline (phone: 1-866-733-2463, email: during polling hours (6 a.m. – 8 p.m.).


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