Voter registration deadline, license renewal extended
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Sunday signed an order extending the in-person voter registration deadline in Connecticut to Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. for those who intend to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The deadline was Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m.
Renewal on licenses and registrations are also extended until after the storm.
"Considering the emergency situation our state is facing, it is neither practical nor wise at this time for people to travel to their town halls so they can meet the deadline to hand in their voter registration applications in person, as the law requires," Malloy said. "Safety is our top priority, and the best thing to do to ensure that nobody is disenfranchised because of the storm is to extend the deadline until after the hurricane has passed."
Malloy also ordered state offices closed Monday.
"With so many government and school closures, it is really best if voters stay home and stay safe over the next couple of days as this major storm impacts Connecticut," said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Connecticut's chief elections official. "We still want to give eligible voters and those who haven't yet found time to register to vote a chance to make their voices heard in the Nov. 6 presidential election, and many will find it hard to get to their town hall in the next two days due to the weather and complications from the storm. Therefore, I commend Gov. Malloy for making this wise decision. This will give everyone who wants to cast a ballot in the election 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 Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m."
Malloy extends DMV expiration dates
On Monday morning he ordered all expiration dates and periods of validity for motor vehicle registrations, licenses, permits, certificates and other forms of credentials issued by or on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles be immediately extended until further notice due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Connecticut.
"With the severe weather impacting our state at this time, we are extending all motor vehicle deadlines and expiration dates until the storm has subsided. It is simply not realistic right now for people to meet these deadlines considering that we are urging people to stay in their homes and avoid the severe weather," Malloy said.
Motor vehicle deadlines and expiration dates will be extended to a date that has yet to be determined.