State law mandates that a canvass of voters be conducted annually in the first four months of each year to ascertain changes of voter’s residence. Suffield’s canvass is underway. People often move within and out of town without notifying the registrars of their address changes. Therefore, the canvass helps to maintain an accurate voter list.
If you receive a Confirmation of Voter’s Residence notice (CVR), please complete and return it within 30 days. Self-addressed stamped envelopes have been provided with the notices.
There are different reasons a canvass notice may be sent to you.
1) The National Change of Address System of the United States Postal Service (NCOA) is used to compare the voter registration record of addresses against the postal service’s records. If there is a mismatch, a canvass notice may be sent.
2) The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is an organization that assists member states in improving the accuracy of its voter rolls. Connecticut is a member of ERIC along with 24 other states and the District of Columbia. Connecticut submits both Voter Registration and Driver’s License data to ERIC. ERIC uses a sophisticated computer matching program to provide data back to each member state. If there are multiple addresses for the same name a CVR may be sent.
3) The Suffield Property Transfer List may show a possible move.
4) If an elector has not voted in at least two consecutive federal elections, the law 9-35 indicates that the elector’s name is to be placed on the inactive registry list. A CVR may be sent.
Please help in the effort of maintaining an accurate voter list by responding to the canvass notice, if you receive one. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar of Voters office at 860-668-3850.