Important Dates & Deadlines
2020 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY: NOW JUNE 2, 2020 - DEMOCRATIC PARTY, & REPUBLICAN PARTY (If necessary)
You must be enrolled in one of the two major parties (Democratic or Republican) to vote in that party's primary.
If your are not registered to vote, or are registered, but not affiliated with any party, the last day to register and/or join a major party is May 27, 2020 by mail or, Noon, June 1, 2020, in person only.
If you are registered to vote and already affiliated with any party (Democratic, Republican, Working Families, Independent, etc.) Per state law, the LAST DAY to CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION so as to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary WAS March 2, 2020, based on the new Primary date of June 2nd. That date had already passed when the Primary date was changed, but any party changes that were made between the old cut-off date (January 28th), and the new cut-off date (March 2nd) will be effective.
The Primary for offices other than President, such as Congressman, State Senator, State Representative, etc. will be held on August 11, 2020. Only the two major parties (Democratic or Republican) have primaries, and they are held only when necessary. The LAST DAY to CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION so as to vote in any such primary is MAY 11, 2020.
2020 STATE/FEDERAL/PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION: NOVEMBER 3rd, 2020
REGISTRATION: IN PERSON, BY MAIL, OR ON-LINE:
For the November 3rd Election, the last day to register to vote is October 27, 2020. Mail to the Registrar's Office (Room 103, Norwalk City Hall, Norwalk CT, 06851), or Register In Person by hand-delivery to the Registrars office, the DMV, or voter-registration agency, or register on-line, based on your Connecticut Drivers' License, using the Secretary of the State's website.
The Registrar's office will be open until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday evening October 27.
Note: Persons whose rights as to age, citizenship, or residence mature after October 27, 2020, may apply up to Noon November 2, 2020.
Also Note: Connecticut law allows for Election Day Registration (EDR), so if you have not registered to vote by the general election cut-off dates, it is still possible to come into City Hall on Election Day — November 3 (between 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.) register and vote. Persons wishing to do so must prove their identity and their Norwalk residency. This can be done by a single valid I.D., such as a current Connecticut Driver's License, or with documents which prove identity and residence separately, such as an I.D with name and old address (which proves identity), plus a current (with the last 30 days) utility bill or other document proving Norwalk residency — and vote at City Hall.
Change of Name and/or Address within Norwalk: If you have changed your name from the one on the voter lists, you should fill out a new voter registration card at your polling place before you vote, Please make sure to fill in the part of the form that provides space for your old name. If you have moved within Norwalk (so that your name is on the Official Checklist at your old polling place) you should come to the polling place for your new address. You should fill out a new voter registration card before you vote. Please make sure to fill in the part of the form that provides space for your old address.
There is NO Election Day Registration in any Primary Election. There is NO Election Day Registration at the regular polling places – it is only conducted at City Hall where the election officials have access to the on-line Connecticut Voter Registration System.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the general election will be available from the Town Clerk beginning October 2, 2020.