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- Newly-Registered Voters
Congratulations on becoming a new voter!
- We would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a few things that will help you when you go to the polls, and protect your right to vote.
- Be sure to answer your annual census/voter confirmation form. That form is sent out annually by your Town/City Clerk to confirm that you are still at your same residence. This keeps your voter status up to date.
- If you change your residential address or mailing address within your town, please make sure that you notify your local Town/City Clerk; so that your voting record will be up-to-date.
- If you move out of town to a new community; you need to register to vote in that community. When you register to vote, your new Town/City Clerk will notify your prior Town/City Clerk that you have registered elsewhere.
- You can only be a registered voter in one place. That should be the town or city that you consider to be your permanent residence; and where you spend the majority of your time, and from where you file your income taxes.
- If you register to vote or change your address with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (or a social service agency), please keep the receipt with you and take it with you to the polls the first time you vote after such a change.
- If you register to vote through the mail, or through the RMV, you will receive a receipt from your Town or City Clerk within approximately 3 weeks. If you do not receive a receipt, please contact the clerk to confirm that you are indeed registered to vote.
- If you register to vote through the mail, you will need to bring an ID with you the first time you vote. A driver's license or liquor ID is preferable. However, anything with your full name and street address (such as a gas bill) is also acceptable.
- If you registered to vote in a political designation, you may not vote in a primary election. Only individuals registered to vote in a party (i.e. Republican or Democrat) or individuals who registered as "unenrolled" may vote in such elections. You may change your party affiliation at any time. Any changes must be made prior to 20 days before any election in order for them to be in effect for that election.
- If you have any questions at any time about the voting process, your registration, or the times of elections in your community, please feel free to contact your local town or city clerk (or in cities the election commissioner) for assistance.
- Be an informed voter, and exercise your right to vote.