Registrars of Voters

A vote is your voice. For your voice to be heard, you must be registered to vote. It is your right and your responsibility. The only way democracy works is if citizens, young and old, are active participants, so register to vote and join a political party!

Tuesday, November 5TH, 2019 is the Municipal Election
                                                                                 Polls are open from 6:00am – 8:00pm
                                                                                 Town Clerk’s office handles all Absentee Ballots
                                                                                                        Contact # 203-594-3070


Applicants may register to vote up to 7 days prior to the election.  The deadline for registering to vote in person, by mail, online, or through the DMV is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2019.  Only those who become citizens, turn 18, or move to New Canaan between that date and the November 5th election may register in person after that date.  The State of Connecticut has Election Day Registration and voting on November 5, 2019.  Election Day Registration and voting will be available in the Registrar’s Office in Town Hall on November 5th.  Applicants are strongly advised to register before the deadline to avoid the inconvenience and any delay.

In order to accommodate voters, the Registrars will be holding two special voter making sessions in their office in Town Hall. The first will be Saturday, October 26 from 10:00am – 2:00pm., and Tuesday evening, October 29th from 4:00pm until 8:00pm, the voter registration deadline.



What We Do

The Office of the Registrars of Voters is comprised of two Registrars, one  Republican and one Democrat. Elected in even-numbered years for a term of two years, they are governed by Connecticut General Statutes and are compensated by the local municipality. One Deputy Registrar may appointed by each Registrar to assist the Registrars in their duties. 

The Registrars, Joan McLaughlin (R) and John Amarilios (D), are responsible for voter registration and promoting a variety of voter education projects, including special voter registration sessions at the New Canaan High School each spring, supervised absentee balloting at Waveny Care Center if asked, as well as working with civic groups such as the League of Women Voters to promote greater voter participation. 

As election officials, the Registrars administer all elections and develop procedures to insure the voting rights of all citizens and the fair conduct of all elections. They also assist candidates, the public, and the parties in the preparation of specialized voter lists and individual requests for information. 

The Registrar's office maintains the accuracy of the voter registry lists through ongoing updates and through the annual canvass of voters conducted each spring. 

Contact Us

Main Number 203-594-3060 
Fax Number 203-594-3135 

Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and by appointment

Joan McLaughlin (R) Registrar

John Amarilios (D) Registrar

Debra Lyon (R) Deputy Registrar  
George Cody (D) Deputy Registrar

Town Hall, 1stFloor
77 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840