New law: Eligible voters may register as late as Election Day

For the first time, Connecticut’s eligible voters will this year be able to register up to and including Election Day.

Legislation enacting Election Day registration was approved by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy in 2012.

2013 “will be a historic election year in Connecticut as we implement Election Day registration for the first time in our state,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official. “I look forward to working with our partners in election administration at the local level to make it possible for those late-deciding voters to register and vote on Election Day.”

Ms. Merrill pointed out that for a small number of towns, the election calendar has already begun. A few Connecticut towns hold local elections in May rather than November.

“The May election towns will hold primaries for municipal office on March 11, so campaigns will soon be under way,” the secretary said.

“Important issues like town and school budgets will be on the agenda … so I urge voters to pay close attention to the issues and the candidates and get involved in the decisions made at the local level that are crucial to our quality of life,” she said.

For towns — like Weston — that will hold their municipal elections this year on Tuesday, Nov. 5, there are several key dates to remember:

• Party endorsements completed by July 16-23.

• Primary and nominating petitions filed by Aug. 7.

• Primary: Sept. 10.

• Final voter registration deadline: Election Day, Nov. 5.

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