Free Class on Voting and Poll Working Introduction
The Registrars of Voters are inviting all interested citizens and students to a Zoom class on voting, applying for an absentee ballot, absentee balloting, moderating elections, auditing returns, polling site protocols and everything in between. The class will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an email with instructions on how to participate.
Poll workers will be needed for the Nov. 3 election. The Registrar’s office is compiling a list of poll workers. Volunteer poll workers must be at least 16 years old and can choose to volunteer for a few hours, as desired to fit their schedules. If you would like to be added to the list or if you did not receive the poll worker information e-letter, please email the registrars at email@example.com Specific training schedules will begin in late September, small in-person classes will concentrate on one job at a time: Demonstrator, Checker, Ballot Clerk, Tabulator Tender, Assistant Registrar and Moderator. Poll worker training is required to serve. For more information or to apply, please contact the Registrars.
August primary was successful test run for Nov. 3 voting
Voting during a pandemic proved a winnable challenge for a terrific team of dedicated volunteer poll workers, with the help of Granby Public Works and GMHS staff.
An unprecedented number of absentee ballots were processed by the Town Clerk with the help of the Secretary of the States mailing house, for a total of 1,157 ballots and 562 voters went to the polls to safely vote. The Governor has given permission for anyone concerned about their health or the health of a family member, to vote using an absentee ballot for Nov. 3.
Presidential Democratic candidates totals for Granby:
Joe Biden 912, Bernie Sanders 128, Tulsi Gabbard 23, and Uncommitted 18.
Presidential Republican candidates totals for Granby:
Donald J. Trump 467, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente 51, and Uncommitted 92.
U.S. House of Representatives Republican candidate totals for Granby:
Mary Fay 331 and Jim Griffin 222.
Request an Absentee Ballot before Oct. 2
Please don’t wait, the August primary taught us all a valuable lesson, file your application early so that you can receive a printed ballot as soon as they are available, in early October. As of this writing the state has not decided to mail an application to all eligible voters—please don’t wait.
Absentee ballots are handled through the Town Clerk’s office and voters must send in an application to receive an absentee ballot. For the November election, send in an application for your absentee ballot at least one month before the election and mail your completed ballot immediately after you receive your ballot if you are away. Use the new ballot drop box if you can. If social distancing is still in place in November and you choose to request an absentee ballot for your safety, please do NOT neglect to check one of the reasons listed on the form. There is a box for “my illness” and another for “my physical disability.” Neither of these reasons require a doctor’s note for the Town Clerk. The Secretary of State’s office has issued a detailed legal opinion that those at risk for COVID-19 can apply, marking the illness box.
The application is available through the Town Clerk or online at the Secretary of State’s website (sots.ct.gov). The town’s new ballot drop box will be available 24/7 once ballots have been issued.
Registration deadline for the Presidential Election is Oct. 27
The Granby Registrar of Voters will hold a special last-day, all-day voter registration session on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall offices. Same day voter registration has been passed in Connecticut but long lines are expected should unregistered voters wait until Election Day. Voters need to be aware that voter registration is non-transferable; if you move, you must register in your new town and make sure you receive a letter of confirmation within two weeks. During the pandemic it is recommended that you go online to register.
Voter registration is a public record, and we make it easy to confirm your voter registration 24/7. From the Town of Granby website there is a link to the Secretary of the State’s website and online voter registration look-up tool (dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx). There is also a link to Online Voter Registration, which is available 24/7, to enroll, or to make name, party or address changes to an existing voter registration (voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do). Posted office hours for the Registrars’ office are Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paper voter registration forms are also available at any town hall, public library or DMV office and online at the Secretary of State’s website (sots.ct.gov). The deadline to receive online and postmarked registrations is Oct. 27.
Questions? Please contact the Registrars, Laura Wolfe and Sonja Smith, at 860-844-5322 or firstname.lastname@example.org