The following is a listing of key dates leading up to the 2021 Municipal Elections in November (May election calendar here)
This is an abridged version of the FULL calendar, available here. Please check the full calendar for all relevant dates and deadlines.
**Dates subject to legislative revision**
July 14th, 2021 to July 27th, 2021
NOTICE OF CAUCUS.
Last day to publish notice of endorsement caucus, if caucus is the endorsing authority for municipal office, if caucus is held on July 20, 2021. If the caucus is held July 27, 2021, then July 21, 2021 is the last day. Notice must be published at least 5 full days before the caucus. Party rules may require earlier notice. (Sec. 9-390)
July 20th, 2021 to July 27th, 2021
Endorsement by major party for municipal office by town committee, caucus or convention between these days. (Secs. 9-390 and 9-391)
No party may endorse more candidates for municipal office than number for which an elector may vote. (Sec. 9-414). See also Sec. 9-204a re. Board of Education.
PRIMARY PETITIONS AVAILABLE.
Petition forms for persons desiring to oppose party-endorsed candidates for municipal office must be available from the registrar of voters beginning on the day following the making of the party’s endorsement of candidates for municipal office or beginning on the day following the final day for the making of such endorsements, whichever comes first. (Secs.9-372(5) and 9-409)
July 28th, 2021 at 4:00 PM
PARTY ENDORSEMENTS — CERTIFICATION.
Last day for certification by a major political party to municipal clerk of party endorsement for municipal office. Each endorsement must be certified by either the chairman or presiding officer or the secretary of the town committee, caucus or convention which made the endorsement; the certification must be signed by the endorsed candidate(s) and provide each candidate’s address, name and office. Clerk must forthwith publish a notice of certification and that list of candidates is on file. (Secs. 9-391 and 9-395)
August 4th, 2021
Last day for filing with the town clerk or the Secretary of the State. Deadline 4:00 p.m. Town clerk or assistant town clerk must be in his office between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to accept petitions. (Sec. 9-453i) Clerk must file each petition page with Secretary of the State within 2 weeks after receiving it. (Sec. 9-453n)
August 11th, 2021 at 4:00 PM
PRIMARY PETITIONS — FILING.
Primary petitions for opposition candidates of a major party for municipal offices must be submitted to respective registrars by 4:00 p.m. of this day. Registrars of voters, deputy registrar or assistant registrar must be in their office or office facilities between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to accept petitions. (Secs. 9-405 and 9-406) August 24th, 2021 ABSENTEE BALLOTS.
Absentee ballots for municipal primary become available on this day. (Secs. 9-135 and 9-140(f))
September 12th, 2021
UNOFFICIAL CHECKERS FOR PRIMARY
Deadline for candidates to submit list of designees for unofficial checkers to the registrar of voters. Such list must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the opening of the polls. The registrar must notify all candidates of their right to submit a list of designees. (Sec. 9-436a) In addition, any person (other than a candidate or primary official) may serve as a runner. (Sec. 9-235b)
September 14th, 2021 PRIMARY DAY
Primary, if valid petition or petitions have been filed. Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Secs. 9-376 and 9-423)
October 1, 2021
Printed absentee ballots for the election become available to electors on this day. (Secs. 9-135 and 9-140(f)). Explanatory text and/or arguments re. local questions (option). (Secs. 9-140(d) and 9-369b.)
October 31st, 2021
Deadline for Town Chairmen or candidates (if qualified) to designate unofficial checkers to the registrars of voters. Registrar, at request of his town chairman, shall change appointments up to close of polls. (Sec. 9-235) In addition, any person (other than a candidate or election official) may serve as a runner. (Sec. 9-235b)
November 2nd, 2021 ELECTION DAY