important election information
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Registering to Vote....
As always, the best way to guarantee your right to vote is to register to vote. Voter registration has been made very accessible over the past few years.
1. In Person: You may do so at:
a. The Town Clerk's office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
b. The Registrats of Voters office, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other hours are available by appointment. The Registrars will do their best to accommodate you in this election season.
c. If you register at the DMV when you receive or renew your license, you received a receipt. Please bring that with you for verification, just in case.
When registering in person, you must present a current and valid ID, or a utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government check, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you do not provide proper identification as previously described at the time you register, you will be required to do so at the polls or with your absentee ballot.
a. All applications that are not in person are processed as mail-in.
b. If you do not provide a current and valid driver license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government check, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you do not provide proper identification as previously described at the time you register, you will be required to do so at the polls or with your absentee ballot.
c. If you have registered at a "non-official" session, such as at the mall, a rock concert, a grocery store, etc. and you did not get a confirmation letter from our office, we strongly urge that you check with our office to verify that your registration was received and processed.
e. You may drop off a registration card or have someone drop it off for you at Town Hall without seeing a Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk, but it will be treated as a mail-in.
Remember, no registration is official until it has been processed by the Registrars in the town of your residence. You will receive a letter of confirmation from our office when your application is processed.
Identification Requirements at the Polls and for Absentee Ballot
If you have voted before, you know that everyone is required to provide identification at the polls. HAVA adds requirements for those who have registered by mail on or after January 1. 2003. According to HAVA, a municipality shall (in a uniform and nondiscriminartory manner) require you to meet the identification requirements if: You have registered to vote in said municipality by mail, and have not previously voted in an election for federal office in Connecticut; or you have not previously voted in such an election in this municipality, and said municipality is not utilizing the State of Connecticut Centralized Voter Registration System (our office uses CVRS).
If you are a first time voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003 and you have a "mark" next to your name on the official registry list, to Vote In Person You Must: Present to the checkers a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or present a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If you want to vote in person, but do not meet the requirements listed above, you may cast a provisional ballot in accordance with Section 302(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. (See Moderator or other appropriate election official in the polls.)
To vote by Absentee Ballot, you must submit with your ballot (in the outer envelope only - Note: do not include the information in the same envelope as your ballot as your ballot will be rejected): A copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If, as a first time voter, you do not meet the above listed requirements, your absentee ballot will be counted as a provisional ballot in accordance with Section 302(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available in the Town Clerk's office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the individuals; Active Service in the Armed Forces; Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting; illness or physical disability; Religious tenants which forbid secular activity on the day of the election; and election workers.
If you have any questions about your voter registration or anything that you have read; or if you simply want to confirm whether or not you are on the Registry list of if HAVA applies to you, please call the Registrars of Voters or the Town Clerk's offices at the Town Hall. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.