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Register to Vote
Where to Register: Fairfield residents may register to vote in person at Old Town Hall (611 Old Post Road), or they may register by mail. Mail-in registration forms may be obtained at any Connecticut town hall, public library, or may be filled out and printed online by accessing the following link:
Voter Registration Form (PDF file)
Because the form must be signed, it cannot be returned by email or fax.
2012 Election Deadlines: Current residents may register in person until Tuesday, 10/30 at 8pm, at 611 Old Post Road, and new residents may register in person until 11/5 at 5pm. The Registrars normal business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with special hours on 10/30 (until 8pm) and Saturday 10/20 (10am to 2pm).
Requirements: There are four requirements for anyone wishing to register to vote in Fairfield – you must be a U.S. Citizen; you must be age 18 or older by the next general election; you must reside in the Town of Fairfield; and you must not have been convicted of a disenfranchising felony, or if so, you must have completed confinement and parole. If you have any questions about these requirements or your qualification to register, contact the Registrar's office for advice before submitting a registration form.
Please note that you must provide your bona fide residence address on your voter registration application: this ensures that you will vote at the proper polling place and for the elected offices which actually represent you. P.O. boxes and private mail facility addresses are not acceptable in place of your residence address. If you do not wish to provide an address to the Registrars of Voters, you may apply for address confidentiality through the Secretary of State's office.
Finally, proper identification must be provided before you will be able to vote. If we cannot verify your DMV ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number submitted with your voter registration application, you must present either a) a copy of a current and valid photo identification or b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address at the polls before you can vote.
Where Do I Vote?
Recently registered voters should have received an acceptance letter that gives their voting districts and polling location. If you need to find your polling place but do not know your district, you can visit our street guide by clicking here, or call the Registrars office at (203) 256-3115 and we will be glad to assist you.
If you know your district, or have found it in the street guide, the polling place addresses are listed below. When the RTM completes its redistricting process, the district numbers and polling places will change. Please check this space and your mailbox for updates.
About the Registrars' Office
The Registrars of Voters office is a full-time Town department that maintains the records for over 34,000 Fairfield voters, and administers all election events in accordance with State and Federal law.
The Registrars are elected to four-year terms in Presidential election years. One Registrar is elected from each of the major parties.
Other personnel include a full-time administrative secretary, Deputy Registrars, and a large number of polling place officials that work at each election.
The Registrars can be reached by phone at (203) 256-3115, or by fax at (203) 255-8200. The office is located at Old Town Hall – 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 – and is open to the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Maintaining Voter Registration: We receive updates throughout the year – from voters, the DMV, and from the U.S. Postal Service – updating information on the names, addresses, and party affiliations of our voters. If you would like to update your voter information, please complete and return a voter registration form. If you have moved out of town and wish to be removed from the voting rolls, you may do so in person or by sending a signed letter to our office requesting removal.
Voter registration deadlines are set by the State of Connecticut: you must return your voter registration application by mail at least two weeks before Election Day, or in person at least one week before Election Day. The Registrars' office is always open until at least 8:00pm on the Tuesday before an election to accommodate new voters.
Those wishing to change from one party to another must wait three months before being able to vote in a primary or serve on the Town Committee of their new party. Voters changing from "unaffiliated" (or no party) to a party must do so by 12:00 noon the day before a primary to be eligible to vote.
High School Voter Registration: In the spring of each year, the Registrars visit each high school in the town in order to register students who will turn 18 by Election Day.
Nursing Home Voting: Our office provides supervised absentee balloting services to residents of Fairfield's five nursing homes and long-term care facilities. These visits are conducted one to three weeks prior to each election or primary, and forms are generally available from staff social workers at each facility.
If you need additional information on obtaining a ballot for a family member, especially if they are registered at a different address or in a different town from the nursing home where they are staying, contact us for assistance. Please be advised that we are not empowered to disqualify eligible voters in ill health, even when requested by that voter's power of attorney.
Pollworker Recruitment and Training: For general elections, the Registrars staff expands to between 100 and 150 personnel in order to serve 10 polling places, count absentee ballots, and respond to numerous requests from the public. Each of these pollworkers takes part in training, and certain pollworkers must also undergo a state certification process.
If you are interested in serving as an election official at an upcoming election, please contact our office at the number above.
Document Requests: The Registrars office is a repository for public records relating to voters and elections. We provide regular updates to candidates, elected officials, and other Town departments on new and changed voter registrations, as well as statistics by district for voting population and party enrollment.
A number of documents are available online or for free on request; others (especially copies of paper documents) may require the payment of a fee. A fee schedule is available in the office.
If you will not be able to make it to the polls on the day of an election, primary, or referendum, you may request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are provided by the Town Clerk's office, located in Old Town Hall next to the Registrars' office. You can reach the Town Clerk at:
Town Clerk's Office
Absentee voting is permitted for any of the following reasons: physical disability, absence from the town during all of the hours of voting, or religious tenets which forbid secular activity on Election Day.
A signed application must be received by the Town Clerk before an absentee ballot can be issued. Applications for absentee ballots may be picked up at the Town Clerks Office (see above) or a copy of the application form may be printed from the Secretary of State's website by clicking here. Those wishing to distribute five or more absentee ballot applications must apply to the Town Clerk in person to receive forms.
If you are voting by absentee ballot, please take special care to follow the instructions that are included in your envelope: if the materials that you return are not properly signed and sealed, your vote may not be able to be counted on Election Day.