Voter registration moves online

Last week Connecticut became the 15th state in the nation — and the first in New England — to launch a statewide online voter registration system. Connecticut residents now have three ways to register to vote: online, by mail, or in person.

To use the online system, potential voters have to meet the usual eligibility requirements and must have either a driver’s license, a learner’s permit, or a non-driver’s ID on file with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

Through a link to the secretary of the state’s website, voters may use the system to register or make changes to their existing registration including address changes within their towns, enrollment in a political party, or name changes.

Other states have found that online registration systems are more convenient for voters, save printing expenses, and produce more accurate voter lists. Studies from the Pew Center on the States show that more than 90% of young people, from 18 to 34 years old, go online and are more likely to register online than older voters. The research also shows that voters who register online are more likely to vote.

To register to vote online, go to voterregistration.ct.gov to read the instructions and complete the registration form.

Redding’s registrars of voters can help with questions at 203-938-5012 or visit town hall on Monday’s from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Town Clerk’s office can also help with questions at 203-938-2377 or visit town hall Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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