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Early Voting in Stratford
Rotary Presentation on Tuesday, February 13th

Acapulco’s Restaurant, Main Street, at 12:15 p.m.
Open to the Public

In less than two months, Stratford voters can use the state’s new Early Voting system and cast a ballot in the April 2nd presidential primary election. But, like any new program, organizers are holding their breath to see if Early Voting is going to work as intended.

One of those organizers is James Simon, the town’s Democratic Registrar of Voters. He will brief the Stratford Rotary club on the new Early Voting law at the Rotary meeting on February 13th.  Simon said he and Republican Registrar Louis DeCilio are moving ahead on plans to use a single location, The Baldwin Center, as the place where Stratford voters can cast an early ballot. Polls will be open Tuesday, March 26th; Wednesday, March 27th; Thursday, March 28th; and Saturday March 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

But beyond that, he said registrars throughout the state are scrambling to come up with enough money to pay extra poll workers, print extra ballots, purchase new computers and printers, deal with the Good Friday and Easter holidays, hook up any new voting location to the state’s CVRS election system — and try to avoid the long lines that are found elsewhere in the country.

“We are very proud of our short lines in Stratford. You rarely have to wait for more than 10 minutes to vote, anytime during the day,” he said. “So, our advice to curious voters is NOT to come on the first day of Early Voting, when we expect the longest lines.”

Simon, a 1970 graduate of Stratford High School, is a former political reporter for The Associated Press and professor/dean at Fairfield University.

(More information on Early Voting in Stratford here.).  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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