February 18th marks the first day Connecticut residents can register to vote online using a system created by the Secretary of The State Denise Merrill's office. To use the online voter system, the potential voter must have a valid address and a valid ID issued by the State of Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); which include driver's licenses, non driver licenses photo ID cards, and driver learner permits, and have a signature on file with the DMV.
The online voter registration system, or OLVR, can be used if you are registering to vote for the first time, change your address or change political parties. Voters should note that if you change your party affiliation, you will not be able to participate in primaries or caucuses until 90 days after the registration change. This does not include anyone who is unaffiliated (commonly known as independent) registering with a party for the first time.
If a voter moves to a new town, they must re-register to vote in that town of residence. Voters are not eligible to vote until their OLVR is received and approved by their Registrar of Voters. Voters should receive confirmation within three weeks, and if they do not, they should contact their local registrar's office.
To register to vote or find out more about voter laws, please visit: https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/. Providing false statements and registrations can incur a felony conviction up to 5 years in prison and a $5000 fine.
The Stratford Registrar of Voter's Office can be reached at Town Hall or by calling (203) 385-4048.