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!


January 28, 2020 – Deadline for enrolled party members to transfer enrollment from one party to the other, for voting in their new party’s Presidential Primary.

April 23, 2020 – Deadline for new voters and for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party for voting in its Primary.  For new voters, mail-in applications must be postmarked, or received by this office by this date.  For unaffiliated voters, the mail-in application must be received by this office by this deadline

April 27, 2020 – BY NOON -    In-person enrollment deadline, for new voters and unaffiliated voters enrolling in a party In Person at Town Hall, for voting in the Primary.

April 28, 2020 – Presidential Preference Primary

August 11, 2020 – Primary – For State, District and Municipal Offices.

November 3, 2020 – Election Day

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