Lamont Extends Absentee Ballot Deadline For Connecticut Primary

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Connecticut on Tuesday becomes the last state in the country to hold its presidential primary in a much different world than when New Hampshire held the first primary in February.

As residents head to the polls, most eyes won't be on any single race but on the ballots themselves.

"We tried to do everything we could to make that as easy as possible for you to vote," Gov. Ned Lamont said, adding that they're looking to iron out any problems ahead of November.

Mail-in ballot applications were sent to every registered Democrat and Republican in the state. Lamont through an executive order has extended the deadline to get those ballots in and they will be counted as long as they are postmarked by Tuesday.

"You don't feel safe going to the ballot box, don't feel encumbered and please mail it in.  You've got another day to do that," Lamont said.

He blames Tropical Storm Isaias and the resulting power outages that are still impacting thousands.

"We didn't want to have anybody disenfranchised due to difficulties related to the celectric outage," Lamont said.

But Republicans say that's just an excuse.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano told the Hartford Courant that he believes it's an attempt to cover for delays and missed deadline in getting ballots out.

Lamont admits the sheer number of requests has been a "stumbling block."

"Things got slowed up a little bit. That's why we're giving a little bit of extra time. Make sure we really have it right in November," Lamont said.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said she has been assured that every polling place will have power.

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