2024 Presidential Preference Primary Election

In a primary, voters affiliated with a party may cast a ballot to choose their preferred candidate to appear on the general election ballot in November. In Connecticut, it is a “preference” primary because it is an election where the vote totals are given to a political party to allocate delegates to candidates at the national convention. This is not a primary where the voters directly select the party candidate.

Early Voting

March 26, 27, 28 & 30, 2024
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Ludlow Room, Windsor Town Hall

Primary Election

April 2, 2024
6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Various Polling Locations

Additional Voter Registration and Party Enrollment Information

January 2, 2024

Last day to switch parties prior to the April 2nd election

March 25, 2024 at Noon

Deadline for unaffiliated voters who want to vote during the early voting period to enroll in a party

Voter Registration for Early Voting

If you are not yet registered but want to vote during the early voting period before the Presidential Preference Primary, file your voter registration application (for a party holding a primary) with the registrar of voters by noon on the business day before the day you want to vote

April 1, 2024 at Noon

Deadline for registering in person with the registrar of voters or town clerk to vote on April 2
Deadline for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party in person for voting on April 2

Voting by Absentee Ballot

To see the reasons to apply for an absentee ballot, click here.

  • Step 1: Apply for absentee ballot
    • Pick up an application at the Town Clerk’s office, download online, or apply online here.
    • To request an absentee ballot by mail, submit request to the Town Clerks office by March 22 at 5:00 PM.
  • Step 2: Complete your ballot
    • You will receive your ballot via US mail. Ballots become available on March 12.
    • Or, vote absentee ballot in-person at the Town Clerks office through April 1.
    • We recommend to vote your absentee ballot in-person beginning March 25.
  • Step 3: Submit your ballot
    • Option A – Drop in the absentee drop box (located in the rear parking lot of Town Hall)
    • Option B – Deliver in person to the Town Clerk
    • Option C – Send via US Mail no later than Tuesday, March 26, 2024 to guarantee delivery

Early Voting

Early voting will be available on 3/26, 3/27, 3/28, and 3/30. Early voting will be available in the Ludlow Room, at Town Hall from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on those days. During early voting, voters will present identification to poll workers who will then electronically cross the voter off the check list. The voter will then receive a ballot, and insert it into an envelope. On election day, election workers will open these envelopes, and place the ballots into a secure receptacle to register the votes. There is no application required to participate in early voting.

Voting on Election Day

The Presidential Preference Primary Election is on 4/2/24. All seven polling locations will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Early Voting?

Early Voting allows you to vote in person safely and securely before Election Day.

Which election will be the first to have Early Voting available?

Early Voting will begin with the Presidential Preference Primary. The Early Voting dates for this election have been modified to reflect the Good Friday holiday and Easter Sunday. Early Voting will be held Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 and Saturday, March 30. Presidential Preference Primary Day is Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

What should I expect at the Early Voting location?

When you arrive at the Ludlow Room, you will check in and be verified as an eligible voter. You will then receive your ballot with an envelope. You will complete your ballot at a privacy booth and seal it in the approved envelope. Before you leave, place the sealed envelope in the secure receptacle as instructed by the election officials. Ballots will be secured unopened until Election Day.

When will ballots be counted?

Ballots cast during Early Voting will be sealed and stored securely in the Town Clerk’s vault.  They will be opened and counted on Election Day in a secure and confidential process.

How does Early Voting differ from voting by absentee ballot?

Absentee Ballot voting requires a reason (from a list of six, found at MyVote.CT.gov). Early Voting is available to every eligible voter without a specific reason. Early Voting may be done only in-person, not via mail or drop box.

How many Early Voting locations will be in each city or town?

Windsor has one Early Voting location located at the Ludlow Room, Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street.

Can I vote on weekends?

Yes. Early Voting includes Saturdays and Sundays for most elections (see specific dates above).

How is it ensured that people do not vote twice?

The election official at your Early Voting location will record that you have cast your ballot, preventing you from voting early at any other location, submitting an absentee ballot, or voting on Election Day.

May I register to vote during the Early Voting period?

You may register and vote on the same day during the Early Voting period before regular general elections.  For Primary Election details, see detailed instructions above.

Does Early Voting exist in other states?

Although new to Connecticut this year, 46 other states already offer some form of Early Voting.

What hasn’t changed?

You can still vote via Absentee Ballot or on Election Day as usual. Elections in Connecticut are still safe and secure.