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Clearing Up Voter I-D “Confusion” in CT

September 10, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. - Time is running short until Election Day, and with just 57 days left to go, local voter advocates say there is some confusion in the Nutmeg State over voter identification rules. Pat Donovan, director of voter services with the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, says the controversy over stricter voter identification rules in some states is being felt locally.

Lots of Connecticut residents have been showing up at events, asking plenty of questions about voter ID rules, Donovan says. The good news is that for all but first-time voters, Connecticut accepts a wide variety of printed identification, she adds.

"You can use a driver's license or a non-driver DMV photo, a Social Security card, or in a real pinch, you can use a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck that shows your name and address."

Voters who use a document such as a paycheck should know it needs to be current from the last 30 days, Donovan explains. If you are challenged by a poll watcher and the moderator at the polling place cannot help, she says you can still call your local registrar of voters or, if that fails, contact the Secretary of the State.

Donovan says only some voters need to worry about producing a photo ID when they show up at the polls on Nov 6.

"If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, then you would be asked for picture ID, but other than that, you would not have to provide a picture."

If you have not voted in a while, Donovan says you can easily verify that you are registered before you head to the polls on Election Day.

"You can always find that out by calling your local registrar's office, which is most likely located in your Town Hall. They can tell you if you are registered, what address you registered from and what party you registered with."

Finally, if you just need to learn where to vote, there are easy links on the internet to both the Secretary of the State and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, she says.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT