April was a busy month in the Registrars’ office preparing for the Town Budget Referendum, completing a High School Voter Registration Session, attending the Association’s spring conference, and finishing the Annual Canvass.
Every year, registrars in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities are required by state statute to conduct a voter registration session in each of their public high schools. Granby registrars held their session on April 21 at GMHS. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate students about the importance of voting, engage young voters, and prepare them to cast their first vote at the town’s budget referendum. While many of our newest voters may be going away to college, they are made aware of their options to continue being involved in elections via absentee voting or re-registering in their new place of residence.
The registrars’ Annual Spring Conference was held April 22–24 and included several informative and educational seminars. Topics covered included moderator training, accessibility at the polling place, State Elections Enforcement Commission cases, and voter outreach. Additionally, the Secretary of State’s office offered a day of classes focused on record keeping and online registration. Registrars are required to receive at least 10 hours of instruction per year and attendance at the Spring Conference helps fulfill that state mandate.
The Annual Canvass, which began in January, aids the registrars in keeping current records as we use the National Change of Address system in order to track address changes. Almost 400 letters were mailed to residents who were noted as having an address change. Thank you to all who responded to the canvass as it is a great help in ensuring our voting lists are accurate.
Monday, April 27: Town Budget Referendum 12 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall
Monday, May 11: if needed, should the first referendum not pass. 12 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall
June 16: Last day to transfer from one major party to another and be eligible to vote in municipal primary of that party
July: Town Committees will endorse candidates for municipal office
If you are not currently registered to vote, or would like to confirm your registry or party affiliation, you may do so in multiple ways. To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 on or by Election Day, and have a bona fide residence in the town in which you register. Voter registration can be done at the Registrar’s Office in Town Hall on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the Town Clerk’s office, also at Town Hall, any library or any state office, or online through the Secretary of State’s office www.ct.gov/sots. All you need to register online is a current DMV record (either a driver’s license or an issued ID).