HARTFORD — Eligible Connecticut voters who want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 presidential election now have until Thursday at 8:00 p.m. to register to vote in person at their town offices.
The extended deadline was set by an executive order issued by Because of Tropical Storm Sandy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday moved the deadline to Nov. 1.
Following the massive damage left by the storm in some parts of Connecticut, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will also be coordinating a conference call with hundreds of local election officials at 10:00 a.m. today to assess how severely impacted election preparations are as a result of the storm. She will hold a press conference at noon to give an update.
“Hurricane Sandy is clearly a major disaster for our state, and while many residents are just trying to pick up the pieces, our Presidential election is less than a week away,” said Merrill. “We wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the fact that there are two extra days to register to vote if you want to cast a ballot on Nov. 6th, thanks to Governor Malloy’s executive order. I urge anyone who has not yet registered to take advantage of this opportunity if you can. We are also now in the assessment mode and will guide our election administration partners on the local level through the difficulties presented by this serious storm. After this morning’s conference call we will be able to see how many polling places lack power, and where help is needed.”
State law allows polling place locations to be changed prior to an election if both Democratic and Republican Registrars of voters agree to a plan to move or consolidate polling precincts. Similar decisions were made in the aftermath of the rare October snowstorm in 2011 that also took place one week before the general election.
Registrars and town clerks have also offered to help colleagues who lack electric power by offering their own office space to print and prepare voter lists, and enter newly registered voters into the Connecticut Voter Registration System.
Any eligible voter in Connecticut – a United States citizen who is a resident of the state aged 18 or over – can register to vote in person until Nov. 1, if they want to cast a ballot in the Nov.6, 2012 presidential election.
Please visit www.sots.ct.gov to download voter registration forms, see if you are registered to vote, see where your polling place is located, or download an application for an absentee ballot.