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P.O. Box 837, Killingworth, CT  06419
S
hawn O'Connell, Treasurer
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"The right of voting
for representation
is the primary
right by which
other rights are
protected."

-Thomas Paine
ABSENTEE BALLOT:  A ballot that allows voters to cast their vote in an election, referendum, or
primary, by mail if they are unable to attend the polling station due to military service, physical disability,
religious reasons, or if they will be out of town.  
 For people wanting to request an absentee ballot to
vote in an election or primary, you will need to use this form (
CLICK HERE).   

CAUCUS:  A public meeting of members of a political party (in our case, anyone registered as a
Republican in the town of Killingworth) to choose candidates to run for political office.  It is essentally a
job interview for anyone wanting to run for office; candidates are given the opportunity to make their
case as to why they are the best person for the position, particularly when there are multiple candidates
pursuing the same position.   The winners of the caucus then become the official party candidates for
the November election.  Caucuses are open to the public but in a Republican caucus only registered
Republicans are allowed to vote.  Caucuses are always announced ahead of time.

ELECTION DAY:  The uniform day set by Federal law in 1845 for municipal, state, and presidential
elections.  It is always the Tuesday following the first Monday in November (note this is NOT the first
Tuesday of November).  

ELECTOR: Another word for VOTER  I.E. any resident registered to vote in an election, referendum,
caucus, primary, or town meeting, in Killingworth.  In some cases, such as Referendums and Town
Meetings, this includes outside residents who own properties worth more than $1000 in town as many
town decisions will have an impact on them.  
Killingworth residents who are not registered to vote
can register online by using the State of CT online voter registration website (
CLICK HERE).

ELECTORAL COLLEGE: The complex method used to elect US Presidents, which works like a point
system.  Each state has an assigned number of votes (called
ELECTORAL VOTES) based on the size
of that state's population.  The candidate who receives the most votes in a state's presidential election
will win that state's electoral votes.  There are 538 electoral votes in total for all fifty states, and the
candidate who wins 270 electoral votes will win the election.  Connecticut has seven electoral votes.

MUNICIPAL: A term that refers to anything relating to local town government.  Municipal elections are
the local elections that choose the town's leadership (I.E. the First Selectman), Municipal Bonds are
issued by the town to borrow money to pay for local projects such as street repairs, and so on.

POLLING STATION:  The official location where voting in elections, primaries, and referendums takes
place.  In Killingworth this will always be the special purpose room at Killingworth Elementary School,
at 380 Route 81.  Polling station hours are usually 6:00 am to 8:00 pm unless stated otherwise.

PRIMARY:  A special election requested by candidates running for office who disagree with the results
of the caucus, and the winners of the primary will replace the candidates chosen in the caucus. The
primary does not settle who wins the office, but only who will be the official Republican party candidates
for the November election.   In a Republican
TOWN PRIMARY only registered Republicans are allowed
to vote.  In a
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY all registered voters in Killingworth are allowed to vote, but they
may only vote for the candidates of the party they are registered with (I.E. only registered Republicans
are allowed to vote for Republican presidential candidiates).

REFERENDUM:  An official vote where an important proposal which will affect the town (such as an
extremely large town expenditure or a new law) is decided by voters casting ballots the same way as in
an election.  All registered voters in the Town of Killingworth (and residents of other towns who own
property in Killingworth worth more than $1000) are allowed to vote in a referendum.  Referendums are
always announced ahead of time.

TOWN CHARTER: The constitution of the Town of Killingworth.  It defines the roles and legal duties of
the First Selectmen, boards and commissions, and other appointees, in Killingworth.  
To see the Town
Charter and find out more about how each elected official in town does their job,
CLICK HERE.

TOWN MEETING:  A scheduled public meeting where voters are asked to attend and discuss a
proposal which will affect the town.  Usually it is to discuss a town expenditure or proposed budget
which needs the residents to vote on and approve (usually by voice count).  All registered voters in the
Town of Killingworth (and residents of other towns who own property in Killingworth worth more than
$1000) are allowed to vote at a town meeting.  Town meetings are always announced ahead of time.
Have you met our sign yet?  
It's a town celebrity.
COMMONLY USED POLITICAL TERMS AND WHAT THEY MEAN…