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!



The next election will be on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

All Polling Places will be open from 6AM to 8PM.  You may Vote in person or by absentee ballot. 

The Registrars DO NOT issue ABSENTEE BALLOTS.  The Town Clerk’s office handles the process of applying for, receiving and returning completed ABSENTEE BALLOTS. 

Please contact the TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE AT 203-594-3070.


October 26, 2021 – Deadline 8PM

In person, mail-in and on-line cutoffs in all towns.  The last Regular voter registration session.  All mail-in voter registration applications must received or postmarked by this date.  Hours:  9:00am to 8:00pm. Note:  11:59pm on this date is also the deadline to register to vote using the On-line Voter Registration System.

November 1, 2021 – LIMITED REGISTRATION SESSION   For those seeking to vote in the election whose qualification as to age, citizenship or residence was attained since October 26th.  Hours 8:00a.m. – 5:00pm.

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