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Merrill Announces Voter Registration Partnership With AAA

by | Sep 23, 2015 3:26pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2015, Election Policy, Transportation

CTNJ file photo With the Nov. 3 municipal elections approaching, Connecticut residents have new options when it comes to registering to vote: their local AAA offices.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill this week launched a partnership with AAA in which 14 AAA branch offices are offering voter registration services.

To register to vote, eligible residents can fill out a voter registration card at their local AAA branch. The cards then will be shipped to the state Department of Motor Vehicles for processing, or voters can choose to mail the cards directly to their registrar of voters, according to Merrill.

“I am so happy to partner with AAA to help more Connecticut citizens register to vote,” Merrill said in a statement. “This is a tremendous help to Connecticut’s busy voters and I am very grateful for the partnership.”

As of Tuesday, AAA branches are offering the service, according to Amy Parmenter, public affairs manager for AAA Allied Group in West Hartford.

“When the Secretary of the State contacted AAA and asked if we could offer the additional service of voter registration, of course we said yes, because we are here to help, that’s what AAA does,” she said in a statement. “We are very excited about this opportunity.”

Merrill and AAA announced the partnership Tuesday, which was National Voter Registration Day, in an effort to increase voter participation nationwide.

To find out whether they are registered to vote, Merrill said residents should visit the Secretary of the State’s site, which can answer many election and voting-related questions.

The deadline to register to vote, online or in person, is Oct. 27. Polls will be open for municipal elections from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 in most Connecticut municipalities.

The easiest way to register to vote, Merrill said, is online at voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do.

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posted by: Luther Weeks | September 23, 2015  4:34pm

Luther Weeks

The DMV is notorious for failing to follow through with registrations.  They give a receipt which voters should keep and take to the polling place, in case the DMV did not finish the job.

IF the AAA cannot give a legally valid receipt then mail it in yourself.  Or better still do the online registration, and watch carefully for an email that may say your registration is not complete.

If you want to vote in the Presidential Primary next year, then register with a major party.

In any case, there is a Best Day to Register.  It is always TODAY.

posted by: art vandelay | September 23, 2015  10:42pm

art vandelay

Does the Secretary of State’s Office provide any safeguards to AAA so illegal aliens do not have access to Voter Registration Cards?  I seriously doubt it.

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