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Registrars of Voters

The Registrars of Voters are responsible for conducting elections, primaries and special elections and maintaining accurate voter records. Other activities include canvassing and registering voters, and having special voting sessions.

Registrars

  • Lauren Olson (D)
  • Colleen Depercio (R)

Deputy Registrars

  • Kevin T. McCarthy (D)
  • Sue Cowen (R)

On March 19, 2020, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont decided to postpone the April 28, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020.  Secretary Merrill’s most important concerns are allowing every Connecticut voter to make their voice heard in the selection of the presidential candidates, and ensuring that they are able to cast their ballots as safely as possible

On April 17, 2020, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont decided to further postpone the June 2, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to August 11, 2020.  Secretary Merrill’s most important concerns are allowing every Connecticut voter to make their voice heard in the selection of the presidential candidates, and ensuring that they are able to cast their ballots as safely as possible.

On August 11, 2020, there will be a statewide Presidential Preference Primary for both the Democratic and Republican parties, along with possible State Primaries. To vote in either primary, you MUST be registered as a party member.

May 11, 2020 is last day an elector can transfer from one party to another and be eligible to vote in the primary of the new party. If you are not registered with a political party, you are an Unaffiliated voter. As such, you may change your party affiliation to Democratic or Republican up until noon on August 10, 2020 and be able to vote in the primary on August 11, 2020.

To check your voter registration, please visit: 

https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/lookup.aspx 

To register to vote or change your party affiliation, please visit:

https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do

NEW OFFICE HOURS:  Wednesdays 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

Download Documents, Forms and Applications

Click the button above to view election results and other information from the Registrar of Voters.


Important information regarding changing party affiliation

January 28, 2020 is the last day a voter of any one political party can transfer enrollment from one party to the other for voting in their new party’s presidential preference primary.  A voter who is not affiliated with an party, but is registered as  unaffiliated, has until Aril 27 at noon to affiliate with a party to vote in their “new” party’s presidential preference primary.  The presidential preference primary will be held on April 28, 2020.

Register to Vote and Absentee Ballots

  • Visit the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours.
  • Visit the Registrars of Voters Office during office or Wednesday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM.
  • Register Online with the State of Connecticut’s Online Voter Registration System
  • Complete the Regular Absentee Ballot Absentee Ballot Application
  • Permanent Absentee Ballot Information (New)
  • Download and complete the Voter Registration Form (downloadable)

Municipal Elections

Voting is held at Knowlton Memorial Hall, 25 Pompey Hollow Rd, Ashford, CT from 6 A.M. until 8 P.M.  Please be prepared to show I.D.

Any Ashford registered voter may run for a municipal office and appear on the Election Ballot by obtaining the required number of signatures on Nomination Petitions which may be obtained from the Secretary of the State’s Office.  The total number of signatures of qualified electors required is equal to one percent of the total votes cast for the same office (or, if multiple-opening office, one percent of the total number of names checked as having voted) at the last preceding municipal election.  A particular signature page may have only one circulator.   Specific instructions for collecting the signatures are available from the Secretary of the State.  Signatures may be collected starting on the first business day of January in the year the office will be on the ballot.  The petitions must be returned to the Secretary of the State or the Ashford Town Clerk no later than 4 PM on the 90th day preceding the election.

Write-in candidate:  Any Ashford registered voter may apply through the office of the Secretary of the State to be a write-in candidate.  The individual’s name will not appear on the ballot and must be written in by each voter on the regular ballot or absentee ballot.  The dead line to register as a write-in candidate is 14 days before the election.

Contact Information

Opening hours

Wednesday evenings from 1 PM – 3 PM

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