Voter signup deadlines loom for Nov. 8 election
Municipal elections in Westport and across the state are just around the corner, but potential voters who are not registered still have time to join the rolls.
New voters have until Tuesday, Oct. 25, to get their mail-in registrations postmarked, said Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill. In-person registration in local registrars of voters' offices continues until 8 p.m. on Nov. 1, a week before the Nov. 8 election.
Candidates who wish to get on local ballots as write-ins must also register -- in person -- with the secretary of the state by 4 p.m. on Oct. 25.
"Crucial budget and educational issues are facing many towns in Connecticut as voters go to the polls to choose municipal leaders this year, so it is imperative to register to vote," Merrill said in a statement.
There are registration forms available on Merrill's website for voters to fill out, or they may be completed at local voter registrars' offices. Absentee ballots are available at both Merrill's website and through local registrars.
New applicants must testify to being a U.S. citizen; resident of the town in which they are registering; reach the age of 18 before Election Day; and have completed their parole, if previously convicted of a felony.
Other information required includes the number of their driver's license, or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
The polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov 8.
Absentee ballots, which must reach the local town clerk by the close of polls on Election Day, are issued for only six reasons:
active service in the armed forces;
a voter's absence from his or her town or city during voting hours;
religious rules that forbid secular activity;
your duties as a voting official in a district other than your own prevents you from reaching the polls.
Statewide, according to the latest registration totals from a month ago, there are 410,174 Republicans, 733,712 Democrats, 823,929 unaffiliated voters and 13,073 minor-party members.
More information and forms are available at your local registrar of voters, or on the secretary of the state's website at www.sots.ct.gov.