Connecticut Democratic and Republican parties gearing up for busy weekend

- FILE - Voters at the polls (WTNH/ Jacquie Slater)
- FILE - Voters at the polls (WTNH/ Jacquie Slater)


(WTNH) — With the election just days away, both parties in Connecticut are gearing up for a busy weekend. Connecticut’s Democratic and Republican parties are doing everything they can to win over last-minute voters. Though Democrats and Republicans don’t always agree when it comes to policy, they do have similar beliefs when it comes to the last few days of the campaign.

Connecticut Democratic Party leaders say they’re ready for Tuesday. Party members made some phone calls on Friday night, and they’ll be doing much more of that over the weekend. Dozens of volunteers will be at the party’s headquarters in Hartford over the next few days. They will be calling voters and encouraging them to get to the polls.

“We’ll be working all weekend,” said Leigh Appleby, Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director. “We’ll be working very hard on Monday and Tuesday and really getting every Democratic voter to the polls that we possibly can.”

Meanwhile, the Connecticut Republican Party had about 100 people helping out on Friday. Candidates in local races all across the state made phone calls and knocked on doors. They’re trying to get support from voters and they want people to get out and vote on Tuesday. Party volunteers gathered in Ridgefield and in Willimantic on Friday to make phone calls.

“You always want your vote to come out, that’s the whole point of this weekend,” said J.R. Romano, State Party Chairman for the Connecticut Republicans. “You’re contacting the people who are supporting you. You’re contacting your base and you’re saying we have to make sure we go out and vote on Tuesday.”

Volunteers for both parties are not just talking with voters about the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump race. They’re also asking people to vote in the local races, such as races for state house and state senate.

Party leaders say voter registration and participation are up this year, and that’s encouraging.

Governor Dannel Malloy will stop by the Democratic Party’s headquarters in Hartford on Saturday.