Tuesday is primary day in many Conn. & Long Island cities and towns

Sep 9, 2013

Tuesday is primary day in Connecticut and Long Island
Credit Craig LeMoult

Tuesday is primary day in cities and towns across Connecticut and Suffolk County.

In Connecticut, 21 cities and towns are holding primaries. Among them, Democrats have mayoral primaries in New Haven, Stamford, East Haven, West Haven, Stratford, Norwich, and Norwalk. There’s a contentious Democratic primary in Bridgeport  for Board of Education. Republicans also have primaries for First Selectman in Bethel, Killingworth, and Woodbury.

A full list of Connecticut cities and towns holding primaries on Tuesday is online here, and contact information for local registrars of voters is here. Connecticut voters can check to make sure they're registered and find their polling place here.

In Suffolk County, the most watched primary is for District Attorney, where Tom Spota is being challenged for the first time since he won office in 2001.   This year, Spota is being challenged by Republican former prosecutor Ray Perini.  There are also Republican primaries in Smithtown and Huntington.  And Democratic primaries in Riverhead, Huntington, and the 9th county legislative district near Brentwood.  Suffolk County voters can check to see if they're registered and find their polling place here. Polls open at 6am and close at 9pm.

The New York state Attorney General's Office plans to operate a hotline during Tuesday's primary elections that voters can call if they're having issues with language or access problems as they try to cast ballots. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office will enforce federal and state voting rights laws to help ensure those who speak languages besides English or have disabilities are able to vote. The office reports fielding hundreds of complaints last Election Day and working with local election officials to help resolve the issues. The phone number to report a complaint is 800-771-7755 or people can email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday.