On Tuesday afternoon Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill unveiled Connecticut’s new online voter registration system. The link to the new voter registration feature can be reached online at www.ct.gov and will be featured on every Connecticut state agency website. The direct link is https://voterregistration.ct.gov.
During a press conference, Governor Malloy said, “This new system will make it faster and more convenient for citizens of all eligible ages to take advantage of one of their most fundamental rights as American citizens. Voting is the most basic tenant of our democracy – it is incumbent upon us to ensure that voters have adequate access to the ballot box and that we encourage civic engagement.”
Online voter registration will be available to eligible Connecticut voters – residents of the state who are both American citizens aged 18 and older – who hold a valid Connecticut driver’s license or other ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Secretary Merrill said, “With online voter registration, we truly mark a historic step in moving Connecticut’s elections into the 21st century.” Secretary Merrill is Connecticut’s chief elections official. “Now, from the convenience of their own home computer or laptop, or even from a tablet or smart phone, Connecticut citizens can very easily register to vote. Through this new online feature we hope to reach a larger pool of eligible voters – especially younger voters – who may have found it difficult or inconvenient to register to vote and now with a few short clicks of the mouse can sign up to participate in our democracy!”
Connecticut is now the first New England state to allow voters to register online. Besides Connecticut, online voter registration is currently available in the following states: Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Utah, Oregon, California, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, Nevada, Minnesota, Maryland, Indiana, and Louisiana. The following states are in the process of implementing online voter registration: West Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, and Hawaii.