Annual voter canvass is underway

Several hundred voters may be wondering why they received a yellow election form this year from the Wilton registrars of voters. It could be because they moved within Wilton or had their mail forwarded to an out-of-town address.

Each spring, registrars Carole Young-Kleinfeld and Tina Gardner review a year-long report of notifications from the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address database to make sure Wilton’s official voter list is up-to-date and accurate.

This annual canvass of voters — required by state law — entails weeks of research and documentation before official “Confirmation of Voter Residence” letters of inquiry are sent to  voters.

“We mailed Confirmation of Voter Residence letters to voters two weeks ago,” said Republican Registrar Tina Gardner. “Voters who receive these inquiries should verify their residency within 30 days by pre-paid return mail to avoid changes in their voting status.”

Democratic Registrar Carole Young-Kleinfeld said many Wilton residents make temporary changes to their addresses — to escape New England winters or to receive their mail at college.

“The last thing we want to do is to jeopardize someone’s right to vote based on incorrect information,” she said. “We urge voters to use the self-addressed stamped envelope to clarify their bona fide residence.”

For more information, email registrars@wiltonct.org or call 203-563-0111 at town hall. The office is open daily from 8:30 to 4:30.