Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced Executive Order No. 12, issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has extended the voter registration deadline for the upcoming municipal elections in Connecticut to Monday, Nov. 7, at noon.

Under Connecticut state law, the final, in-person voter registration deadline for the Nov. 8 municipal elections was Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. but that has now been pushed back by nearly a week to accommodate those having difficulty getting to town or city offices to register.

"The severity of the power outages and other damage from this past weekend's snow has the potential to disenfranchise thousands of Connecticut voters who are without electricity and even unable to leave their homes," Merrill said. "Some town halls and municipal buildings also lack electricity, which makes it hard for voters who want to register by the deadline tonight. I commend Governor Malloy for taking this unprecedented action -- this will give everyone who wants to cast a ballot in next Tuesday's municipal elections extra time to register. Voters can now register as long as they properly fill out registration forms and deliver them in person to their local Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk by next Monday at noon."

Voter registration forms are available online at www.sots.ct.gov or they are obtainable at town offices or Division of Motor Vehicles offices. Registrars of Voters are required by law to be in their offices next Monday until noon to process late voter registrations.

Merrill also reminds voters who are able to go online at www.sots.ct.gov to check their registration status, see where their polling place is located and look at the ballot for their city or town. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. in most Connecticut cities and towns for municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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