Only Republicans and Democrats get to decide who will be running in November to be the next U.S. senator from Connecticut. Unaffiliated voters will just have to make do with whomever is chosen at next Tuesday’s primaries.

There are 2,280 unaffiliated voters in town who have absolutely no say on whom they can choose from to represent them. Many unaffiliated voters believe they wear a badge of honor by not enrolling in a party, but this prevents them from having a say.

Register as a Republican, or a Democrat — it does not require you to vote for someone from your party, nor does it prevent you from voting across party lines. If your favorite candidate is from the “other” party, then vote in your primary for the weakest candidate. Conversely, if you love one of your party’s candidates, then vote for him or her. Either way, you have played a vital role in the election process. Like it or not, we have a two-party system in this country.

If you are OKokay with being unaffiliated, then be sure to take part in the general election process. Regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof, it is important to take an active role in choosing your elected officials.

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