Low turnouts are expected to plague the Connecticut GOP Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, with numbers ranging from 15% to 20%, according to the CT Secretary of State's office. House Republican leader Larry Cafero believes one reason for this low turnout is "because Romney is a shoo-in." Connecticut had their Primary date moved to April 24th this year, whereas in 2008 the date was February 5th. Many around the state, including Cafero, believe that the later primary date, coupled with Rick Santorum's recent departure from the race, are also to blame for Connecticut Republican voters lack of interest in this year’s contest.
Some are questioning the state's $1 million price tag for a race whose outcome many perceive as being a foregone conclusion. Each of the state's 169 towns share the $1 million cost to host the voting.
This primary marks the first time in Connecticut state history that 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote. An amendment to Connecticut's state constitution passed in 2008 allows voters who will turn 18 prior to November 6th to participate in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary on April 24th.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.