Two weeks until election, how to register for voting

Voters cast their ballots in the South Carolina Democratic primary at a polling place at Sanders Middle School in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Up until the November 1 deadline, there’s still several ways for U.S. citizens living in Connecticut to register and vote. The DMV is now an option to register if you happen to be there. Mail-in registration is still available, or at your local town hall inside the registrars office. But probably the easiest and quickest way is online.

“You can register online if you have a Connecticut driver’s license or Connecticut ID,” said Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill. “It takes about a minute. It’s very simple.”

You’ll need the last four digits of your social security number along with the ID. Be ready to provide address and birth date as well for registration. When you show up on November 8th ready to cast a ballot, you’ll then only need something to confirm your address.

“Anything that has official address, something mailed to you,” Merrill said. “The one we always talk about is utility bill. Any form of ID does not have to have a picture.”

The smart money is to register right now, today, well ahead of November 1. But there is a fail-safe for special circumstances. Same-day registration is available, if needed.

“Usually at your town hall, there’s a place in your town,” Merrill said. “If you bring proper ID you can register and then vote. But we encourage you to do it by November first, because there may be lines. This is going to be a big election.”

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