Absentee Ballots Factor on Delayed Primary Day

Count Could Go On for Days

Dave Mager
August 11, 2020 - 7:36 pm
Some polling places were quiet on Primary Day; about 300,000 absentee ballots were distributed. This is the Skinner Road School in Vernon, 8/11/20

Dave Mager, WTIC News

Held during a global pandemic and just a week after Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to much of the state, Connecticut finally held its twice-delayed 2020 Primaries.

Hundreds of thousands of residents applied for absentee ballots. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says no matter how many are returned, the absentees will delay the release of final results.

Merrill expects a final tally on Thursday at the earliest, because the latest executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont allows ballots postmarked by Tues., Aug 11th to be be counted if received by Thursday. She says, "There's a lot of counting ahead."

The event is widely seen as a measure of how Connecticut's election infrastructure will handle the General Election on Nov. 3rd, when turnout will be heavier and absentee ballots will again play a major role. Last month, the General Assembly approved absentee ballots for all voters who want to avoid polling places to reduce their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.