Connecticut’s Greenwich Time has a Sunday feature on alternative parties in the state. The article says “only 0.2 percent of all registered voters are enrolled in ‘other’ parties, compared with the 44 percent who are unaffiliated with any party. The Democrats have 33.7 percent of the total registered voters in the state, and the Republicans 22 percent.” The state recognizes “at least 10 different political parties. Most are Connecticut branches of national organizations, spanning everything from Communist to Libertarian, and some are one-town or even one-issue parties.”
Connecticut Libertarian Party Chairman Richard Lion told the newspaper, “We don’t always get into the debates; when we do, it results in a huge improvement for us. But it’s almost like the Yankees and the Red Sox. People consider themselves either Republicans or Democrats, and no matter what you say, they’re not going to vote for you.”
Connecticut Constitution Party Chairman Tim Knibbs said it is “the tight time frame for collecting signatures from eligible voters and getting them certified that is the real challenge for minor party candidates. ‘Sometimes we don’t hear back until the deadline for nominating candidates is passed,’ Knibbs said.” Knibbs also observed that Sen. Joseph Lieberman “never joined the party that he supposedly started,” the Connecticut for Lieberman Party — which is now controlled by Lieberman opponents.
Also among the parties mentioned in the article are Citizens for Milford’s Future, Citizens United Party of Shelton, Communist Party, Enfield Taxpayers Party, Friends of Saybrook, Green Party, Independence for Montville, Independent American Party, Milford Independent Party, Norwich For Change Party, Orange Taxpayers Party, Pro-Bethel Party, Reform Party, Socialist Party, and Working Families Party.