Registrar of Voters

The Registrar of Voters ensures the electoral process will be conducted professionally, consistently, demonstrating neutrality and non-partisan decision-making. They do so based upon a thorough knowledge of and compliance with all election laws by administering them timely, responsively and with integrity on behalf of those we serve.

Contact the Registrar of Voters – 860-742-0188 Ext. 2

Vacant Position – Democratic Registrar of Voters

Vacant Position – Democratic Deputy Registrar of Voters

Wallace Barton, Jr. – Republican Registrar of Voters

Catherine Palazzi – Republican Deputy Registrar of Voters

 

Office of the Registrar of Voters (ROV)

The Office of the Registrars of Voters in the State of Connecticut is an elected position, governed by Connecticut General Statutes and financially supported by the municipality in which the Registrars serve. Registrars work closely with the Office of the Secretary of the State to develop methods and procedures to ensure the voting rights of citizens and administer all elections based on current election laws.

Registrars of Voters are now required by state law to attend eight UCONN accredited classes and renew this certification each year to be an active Registrar of Voters.

Voter Registration Requirements

Any citizen 18 years of age may register to vote and enroll in a party at the Registrars of Voters Office in Town Hall. All voters must be 18 years of age on Election Day in order to vote. Voters turning age 18 by Election Day may also vote in a primary for that election. In the State of Connecticut, electors registered as Unaffiliated cannot vote in a party primary election.

EDR or Election Day Registration is used for all State and Federal Elections, as well as, Municipal Referendums. This means a person living in the town may appear on voting day, register to vote and vote that same day.

Online Registration has become extremely popular in Andover among younger voters and first time voters. This saves a great deal of time for a person to be in the comfort of their own home and register online to vote. When they appear at the polls their name is already listed on the active voter list.

Change in Voter Registration Information

If you change your name, address, or party enrollment, you must complete a new Voter Registration Application obtained from the Registrar of Voters office or at the DMV office.

Voter ID Requirements. Before voting, poll workers will ask for identification.

First time voters must show one of the following:

  • Current drivers’ license
  • paycheck
  • credit card with your name and signature
  • ID with your name and photograph
  • a document with your name and address such as a checkbook or utility bill.

Recurring voters must present one of the following:

  • current driver’s license
  • social security card
  • any pre-printed form of identification showing your:
    • name and address, or
    • name and signature, or
    • name and photograph

For additional information, check the CT Secretary of State website: www.sots.ct.gov

Absentee Ballots

Registered voters who are ill, physically disabled, serving in the military, out of town on Election Day, or whose religion forbids secular activity on Election Day, may apply to vote using an absentee ballot. Visit or call the  Town Clerk’s Office at Andover Town Hall (860) 742.0188.

Permanent Absentee Ballots

Effective January 1, 2013, electors with permanent disabilities may be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status. Voters must file an absentee ballot application and provide a doctor’s certificate on the physician’s letterhead stating that they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at the polling place. Absentee ballots are sent to eligible voters throughout the year for each event in which they are eligible to vote. Absentee Ballots are sent on the first day absentee they become available (i.e. 21 days before a primary, 31 days before an election).

Click here for  information on Andover political parties.

Thank you and please remember to vote.