How do I register?
You may register in person in the Registrars' office or in the Office of the Town Clerk, both in Town Hall. You may also register by mail by requesting an application by phone from the Registrars. Applications are also available from the library and a number of state agencies, as well as through the Department of Motor Vehicles. You may also download the form here: Mail-in Registration Form
What are the deadlines and qualifications?
Any U.S. citizen who is a resident of the town and will turn 18 by election day may register and vote. Seventeen year-olds may register and vote in a primary if they will acquire their rights upon their 18th birthday. Those who have been convicted of a felony lose their rights and cannot have their voting rights restored until completion of their incarceration and payment of any fines.
The deadline to register and vote in Connecticut is 7 Days by mail, in person, or online for an election. Any person who attains 18, moves in town, or becomes a U.S. citizen after the deadline but on or before election day, may apply in person in the Registrars' office.
Connecticut does allow Election Day registration for general elections. Contact the Registrars for details and location.
Election day registration and voting is at Town Hall.
For eligibility in a primary, the deadline to register or enroll in a party is five days prior to the primary date if applying in person. Voters must be enrolled in a party to be eligible to vote in that party's primary.
How do I join or enroll in a party?
You may enroll in a party (or switch parties if already registered) when you register to vote, or at any time after you have registered. This may be done by mail or in person using the form available from the Registrars of Voters office, online, or from the Town Clerk's Office. Changing from a major party to another major party, of which Connecticut has 2: Republican & Democrat requires a 3 month waiting period before the right to participate in the new party's caucuses or primaries is attained.
Districts & Party Counts as of October 3, 2017
If you do not enroll in a party at the time of registration, you will be listed as Unaffiliated, and will not be eligible for primaries or caucuses. Enrollment, or lack of enrollment, in no way affects your right to vote in any election or referendum.
Enrollment in a party brings with it benefits and rights beyond voting in primaries and caucuses. Besides having a voice in the selection of candidates for office, you can serve on the local Town Committee, help shape party platforms and input issues, participate in campaigns, and promote the candidacy of a particular candidate. Party members are kept informed of upcoming issues, elections, and candidates.
Service as a member of our elected boards such as the Town Council, Board of Education, Board of Selectmen, or one of the other elected offices, improves and strengthens our town.
Party membership is the most common way for a voter to become directly involved in local affairs through participation on those boards and commissions appointed by the Board of Selectmen such as Park and Recreation, Planning and Zoning, Finance, Youth, etc., along with many lesser advisory committees. These boards and committees are the real grass roots of our local government.
How do I vote by Absentee Ballot?
Contact the New Canaan Town Clerk at 203-594-3070
Please see: Absentee Ballot information
Where do I vote?
New Canaan is divided into three voting districts, and uses two polling places. Please refer to the Voting District Map.
New Canaan is represented by two State Senatorial districts (#26 and#36) and by two State Assembly districts (#125 and #142) and is in the fourth Congressional district.
District #1 voters residing in CT Senatorial #36 & CT Assembly #125
New Canaan High School 3 Farm Road
District #2 voters residing in CT Senatorial #26 & CT Assembly #125
Saxe Middle School 468 South Avenue
District #3 voters residing in CT Senatorial #26 & CT Assembly #142
Saxe Middle School 468 South Avenue
The 3 polling places in New Canaan will be open from 6am to 8pm.
I was registered in Connecticut or I've moved within the town. Do I need to re-register?
Anyone moving into New Canaan must re-register. Your former voting Town should also be notified that you have moved out of Town.
Anyone moving within New Canaan needs to notify the Registrars" Office of the change of address.