We believe Connecticut's closed Presidential Preference Primary is on April 28th, 2020.
A closed primary means you must be registered to vote as "affiliated" Republican.
Similar to Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin
The Secretary of State orders names to be printed on the primary ballot, if the Secretary "determines ... that the candidacy of such person for such party's nomination for president is generally and seriously advocated or recognized according to reports in the national or state news media."
Thus inundating and trolling your local state news media by mail, phone, social media, and radio, may be a good strategy to get me on the Republican Presidential Preference Primary Ballot in Connecticut.
We all know how difficult it is to get the attention of national media - First local then national - grassroots then mainstream.
The Secretary must publish a list of these candidates by 10am on the 74th day proceeding the primary - February 14, 2020.
If a candidate isn't selected by the Secretary, then they may petition for ballot placement.
A candidate may request the required forms from the Secretary beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the 74th day preceding the primary, February 14, 2020.
The petition must contain signatures equaling at least 1% of the party's enrollment, roughly 4,500 signatures from citizens whom are registered to vote as "affiliated" Republican.
The petition is submitted to the party's registrar of voters no later than 4pm on the 53rd day before the Primary election, March 6, 2020.
The registrar then verifies the signatures, then delivers it to the Secretary of State no later than 4pm on the 49th day proceeding the election, March 10, 2020.