The Registrar of Voters Office is a vital department to the function of the City's government. This is where residents go to become voters, the most important part of our Democracy.
- The Registrar of Voters, as the chief election officials, have a wide variety of responsibilities from preparing and certifying the official voting list, to ensure we have fair, accurate, and efficient elections.
- The Office is governed by Connecticut General Statutes and financially supported by the Municipality.
- The staff attends meetings called by the Secretary of the State to keep current on new and pending legislation as it is proposed and passed.
- The Registrars host meetings with other Election Officials on voting technology. They share and learn from their counterparts about the best practices in the administration of elections.
- In addition to overseeing the elections, primaries, and referendums, they maintain the voter registration files, register voters, and conduct an annual canvass of voters.
- The Registrars are responsible for making daily changes of voters based on information received from various sources such as DMV
- They must also remove those convicted of a felony or have moved out of the City.
- The Registrars process all local and statewide petitions.
- The Training of Poll Workers is an important part of making sure that elections are administered effectively. The Registrars train all 350 plus Poll Workers to ensure that they are aware of all the latest laws and that the election is conducted in a fair and bipartisan manner.
- All Danbury Moderators and Assistant Registrars, take a course and State Exam, to be a Certified Moderator.
- The Registrar's Office secures polling locations, as well as maintaining all voting equipment used for the election.
- Prior to the election, the office must prepare an official voter list of active and inactive voters for the seven polling places, arrange for the setup and removal of all voting equipment prior to and immediately after an election, and inspect and pretest all voting machines.
- The Registrars must also work with their respective political parties to organize nominating caucuses.
- They work with various organizations to maintain voter registration at the highest possible level.
- Audits are held, after the Election, at the discretion of the Secretary of the State to help ensure the accuracy of the voting machines.
The mission of the Registrar of Voters Office is to ensure federal, state and local elections are conducted in a non-partisan, timely and responsible manner, with the highest level of professional election standards, accountability, security and integrity, intended to earn and maintain public confidence in the electoral process.
How to register, change your name or address, enroll in a political party or change party enrollment:
- In-person at the Registrar of Voters or the Town Clerk's office Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 6 pm.
- By mail (request a registration card from the registrar's office, complete it and mail it back to 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT. 06810).
Department of motor vehicles Registration Deadlines for New Voters: Primary: your application must be postmarked by the 5th day before a primary (or received by your registrar of voters by the 5th day before a primary). You may apply in person to your registrar or town clerk until noon on the last business day before a primary. Election: your application must be postmarked by the 14th day before an election or you may register in person with the Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before an election.