In honor of National Voter Registration Day, all the candidates on the November ballot have been invited to a candidate forum sponsored by the Registrars Office. This event will be held in the town hall meeting room on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The registrars are excited to be working with the Granby Memorial High School Civics department to have student participation in the forum. The public is invited to meet the candidates, learn about local issues, and understand the importance of voting and registering to vote.
Over the summer months, the registrars’ office has been busy preparing for the November election season. In July, both the Republican and Democratic Town committees met and endorsed their slate of candidates for the 2015 local election. On September 16, a lottery will determine the horizontal ballot order of the candidates for Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning, and Zoning Board of Appeals. The lottery is at noon in the town hall meeting room and is open to the public.
The Connecticut State Legislature has made some important changes to the election process that will apply to this November’s election. The most notable is making the reporting process two steps. Machine-read ballot totals will be announced immediately, and the additional calculations including hand-counted ballots will be processed the next day. This will allow both local and statewide results to be posted much quicker. At the polls, 16- and 17-year-olds may now be ballot clerks after taking poll-worker training. Also, a new certification program for registrars will be launched this fall.
The registrars were pleased to have an intern in the office over the summer. Jaimee Kidd is a 2015 graduate of Granby Memorial High School. She is attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C. this fall to study political science and law. She was a great addition to the office and learned about running elections, election law, local government operations, and helped plan the candidate forum. The registrars wish best of luck to Jaimee as she heads off to college this fall!
A reminder to young voters who are leaving for college—you can register to vote or check your registration online by visiting the Secretary of State’s website. If you are staying in Connecticut, you may transfer your registration to your new town of residence. If you will be attending college or university outside of Connecticut, every state has different rules, and you will need to check with the local election officials. Voters may also vote by absentee ballot. Applications are being accepted now by the town clerk for anyone wishing to receive a November ballot.
There will also be a change in the Registrars Office, effective August 21. Sarah Thrall is resigning as the Republican Registrar and her deputy and former registrar, Peter Goff, will be temporarily filling in for the position. Sarah is excited to begin a new position as the Specialty Programs manager at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England in Hartford, and we wish her luck in her new role.
Pollworkers are needed for Tuesday, Nov. 3. The registrars are actively seeking new pollworkers; volunteer and paid positions are available. Training classes begin in early October. Please email the registrars at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Feel free to stop by to register to vote, figure out your voting district or make corrections in person at the Registrars’ Office in the Town Hall every Wednesday. Regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voter registration forms are also available at town halls, libraries, DMV offices and online at the Secretary of State’s website: www.sots.ct.gov