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Town Clerk Urges Students to Register & Complete Absentee Ballot Applications

Patrick O’ Sullivan, Orange Town Clerk is urging all students to register to vote prior to leaving for school or college and, if needed, complete an application for Absentee Ballot.  “One of the greatest ways we can demonstrate our commitment to our democracy is to exercise our right to a free and secret vote; “O’Sullivan stated; “when you look at other countries you immediately recognize it is not something that we should ever take for granted.”

Any U.S. citizen, 17 years of age, may apply for admission as an elector by preregistering and will become an elector on the day of their 18th birthday.  You may complete the voter registration application at Town Hall weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30pm.  You can also download a voter registration application and or an application for absentee ballot by going to the Secretary of the State’s website:  www.sots.ct.gov and click on the elections area.

This year, Election Day is November 7, 2017.  Voters will be exercising their Constitutional right to vote for:

1st Selectman, Selectmen, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Town Plan & Zoning, Constable, Amity Regional Board of Education

October 6th, is the first day absentee ballots may be issued by the Town Clerk.  For those individuals voting by absentee ballot, they must first submit a completed application for absentee ballot, which can be done now.  Upon receipt of the completed application, the Town Clerk will mail the actual absentee ballot to you; please be sure to have an accurate college address.  In order for your vote to be counted, please follow the instructions carefully; the completed absentee ballot must be received by the Town Clerk by Election Day.

A new election law allows U.S. citizens to register and vote on Election Day.  You must register and vote in the registrars’ office in the town hall.

If you have any questions and for further information, call the Registrar of Voters Office at 203-891-4715/4716, or the Town Clerk’s Office at 203-891-4730.

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