Letter: Reader is frustrated with problem at the polls

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To the editor:

I’m a transplant to Southington, having moved here from Farmington several years ago. Ashamedly, I admit I didn’t immediately register to vote. However, a few years ago I discovered that I could register online, I registered myself in the town of Southington, as a Republican.

Within a week, I received a letter from the Republican Party, welcoming me to their ranks and asking for a donation to support the cause. About twice a month I’ll get another letter, to tell me how important it is to be a Republican and to ask for a donation. Since the presidential campaign got underway, the frequency of letters looking for money has increased. That’s not why I’m writing.

On Tuesday, April 26, I went to my designated polling place and attempted to vote in the Republican primary. I was told that I couldn’t vote because I was registered as unaffiliated. The only option I was offered was to fill out a change of registration form, so that I can vote in the next Republican primary. I noticed that I wasn’t the only one at that table filling out the same form.

I’m writing because I can’t understand how the Republican party (who sometimes don’t have the organizational skills to plan a college frat party) could latch on to my name and address immediately, but the Southington Registrar’s office could manage to lose track of the correct information.

I’m probably not the only one this happened to, so I think it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. I think it would be reasonable to ask the registrar’s office to send out e-mails or postcards a month before a primary, to give people a chance to verify their affiliation.

Nobody should be turned away because of a mistake.

James W. Storms, Southington

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