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Everything You Need to Know About Voting

On this page you can find everything you need to know about Registering and Voting. All the information we are presenting here can also be found at: http://www.fairfieldct.org/ or at: http://www.ct.gov/

At the League we have visited and evaluated the various, and often redundant, links offered by the local and state sites. We list below, in our opinion, your best, and most efficient options.

REGISTERING & VOTING INFORMATION FOR THIS ELECTION

LWV of Fairfield strongly advises voters to Register, and receive your Confirmation of Registration, early, if at all possible!

EXTENDED HOURS AND DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION
On Tuesday, November 1, all Connecticut Registrars of voters will extend their regular workday hours from 8:30 AM to 8 PM to process walk-in applicants. They will also be able to restore the status of voters previously removed from the elector list.

In addition, mailed-in Registration Forms will be accepted after November 1 IF postmarked November 1 or before. Forms post marked after November 1 will not be accepted for voting in the November 8 election.

ONLINE REGISTRATION, REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS
To use the online voter registration system you must have a current, valid driver's license, learner's permit or non-driver photo ID card issued by the CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV. You may use this system to (1) register to vote in Connecticut, (2) change your name and/or address on your current registration record, or (3) enroll in a political party or change party enrollment (changing parties may result in losing rights in all parties for three months). If you move you must re-register to vote in your new town of residence. You can also use this form to change your address if you move within your current town of residence. 

REGISTRATION NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT CONFIRMATION
Whichever method you may choose to Register, it is not complete and valid until you receive your confirmation from the Registrar of Voters. For those voters successfully registering on November 7 or November 8, confirmation will be immediate.

QUALIFYING TO VOTE AFTER NOVEMBER 1 BUT BEFORE NOVEMBER 8
Only for those who will qualify to vote after November 1 and before November 8 (for birth date, move-in date, completion of parole, becoming a citizen, for example) a special Registration day will be held on November 7 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Registrar of Voters office in Town Hall, Fairfield.

LAST CHANCE! REGISTER AND VOTE ON ELECTION DAY
Election Day Registration (EDR) is available for those who want, or have to register and vote on Election Day. On November 8, if you are not registered, you may go to Fairfield University's Barone Campus Center, Lower Level (student union) between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm to both register and vote. Use the entrance on North Benson Road just below the University's main entrance to find convenient parking. Be sure to bring current photo ID with address. If your ID does not have your address, please bring a utility bill, etc. that shows your current address. See other pages on this Voters Guide for more information on Candidates, Registration and voting.

If you have any other questions call the Fairfield Registrar of Voters office at (203) 256-3115.

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WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE IN CONNECTICUT?

There are four requirements for anyone wishing to register to vote in Fairfield:
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
You must be age 18 or older by the next general election date.
You must reside in the Town of Fairfield.
You must not have been convicted of a disenfranchising felony, or if so, you must have completed confinement and parole.

Fairfield residents may register to vote in person at Old Town Hall (611 Old Post Road), or by mail. Mail-in registration forms may be obtained at any Connecticut town hall, public library, or may be filled out and printed online by accessing the following link: VOTER REGISTRATION FORM (PDF FILE). Voters who have a current DMV identification (driver's license or non-driver ID) can register or update their voting information by accessing CT Online Voter Registration. For information on Election Day registration please visit our Election Day Registration web page at the following link: ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION WEB PAGE.

Please note that you must provide your bona fide residence address on your voter registration application.  This ensures that you will vote at the proper polling place and for the elected offices which actually represent you. P.O. boxes and private mail facility addresses are not acceptable in place of your residence address. If you do not wish to provide an address to the Registrars of Voters, you may apply for address confidentiality through the Secretary of State's office at the following link: address confidentiality through the Secretary of State's office.

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WHEN YOU VOTE

Proper identification must be provided before you will be able to vote. If we cannot verify your DMV ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number submitted with your voter registration application, you must present either a) a copy of a current and valid photo identification or b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address at the polls before you can vote.

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MAPS AND AN ADDRESS LIST FOR VOTING DISTRICTS

RTM District Map This Town of Fairfield map shows our 10 RTM Voting Districts. To see individual street names - they are all there - you will have to enlarge it on your computer screen.

For the most part, where Districts abut each other, streets are used as the common border, resulting in houses on one side of the "border" street being located in one District and houses on the other side located in the adjoining District.

A map of each Numbered District is also available at the bottom of Fairfield's "Where Do I Vote" page by
clicking here.

RTM District Street Listing with Polling Locations The Polling place for any address in Fairfield can be found on this list of all Fairfield streets. Scroll down to your street to find out where you will vote. The "SIDE" and "RANGE" columns refer to (A) All addresses, within Districts, from #1 to as high as they go- and (E) Even, or (O) Odd addresses for streets used as borders between Districts. See the RTM Voting District maps above for more information.

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SERVICES AT THE POLLS

Information Coming Soon

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS

If you will not be able to make it to the polls on the day of an election, primary, or referendum, you may vote absentee, either in person or by mail.  Absentee Voting is permitted in the State of Connecticut for any of the following reasons:
Physical disability.
Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.
Religious tenets which forbid secular activity on Election Day.

Connecticut does not participate in Early Voting.   In order to vote absentee you must meet one of the criteria listed above. Absentee voting, including the processing of Absentee Ballot Applications and the distribution of Absentee Ballots, is managed by the Town Clerk's Office in Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road, 203-256-3090.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and the Saturday before Election Day from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Absentee Ballot Applications
Absentee voting in Connecticut is a two-step process.  A completed and signed Absentee Ballot Application must be filed with the Town Clerk before a ballot is issued.  Absentee Ballot Applications in English or Spanish are available online at the Secretary of State's website or in the Town Clerk's Office.  The Town Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the Saturday before Election Day. Absentee Ballot Applications may be filed in person, by mail, by fax or by e-mail.   If filed by fax or e-mail the original, signed application must be returned with the ballot, or by other means, to the Town Clerk's Office by Election Day for the ballot to be counted. Those wishing to distribute five or more Absentee Ballot Applications must apply to the Town Clerk in person to receive forms

Absentee Ballot Distribution
Absentee Ballots become available 31 days prior to an election.  Within that 31 day window, Absentee Ballots are issued by the Town Clerk's Office upon receipt of a signed and completed Absentee Ballot Application.  If the applicant returns his/her application in person, the ballot will be given to the applicant.  If the applicant returns the application by any other method (mail, fax, e-mail, a spouse or friend brings it in) the ballot will be mailed to the applicant.  An unvoted Absentee Ballot cannot be handled by another individual.  Absentee Ballots must be mailed to the applicant if the applicant cannot or does not appear in person. Special circumstances apply when a voter is hospitalized within five days of the election.  Contact the Town Clerk's Office for more details on Emergency Absentee Voting.

Absentee Voting in Person
Within 31 days of an election, if you meet the absentee voting criteria above and wish to absentee vote in person, visit the Town Clerk's Office at 611 Old Post Road (203-256-3090) Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM or the Saturday before Election Day from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.   Registered voters can submit their Absentee Ballot Application, receive their Absentee Ballot and vote in the same visit. Connecticut does not have an early voting option.  You must meet the absentee voting criteria to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Absentee Voting can be accomplished by mail.  A signed Absentee Ballot Application must be received by the Town Clerk before an Absentee Ballot can be mailed out.  Absentee Ballot Applications may be picked up at the Town Clerk's Office or printed from the Secretary of State's website.  See details on Absentee Ballot Applications above. Thirty one days prior to an election, the Town Clerk's Office begins mailing out applicants' Absentee Ballots.  When returning an Absentee Ballot by mail, please take special care to follow the instructions that are included in the envelope.  If the materials you return are not properly signed and sealed, your vote may not be counted on Election Day.
Absentee Ballots must be received in the Town Clerk's office by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

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