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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Connecticut.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Connecticut.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. If you qualify, the deadline to apply for your absentee ballot is the day before Election Day. You should apply well before that. We recommend at least three weeks prior to Election Day to accommodate for the mail, or that you submit the request in person.
Step 2: Return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot.
After completing your ballot, put it into the return envelope provided by the state. Sign the form on the inner ballot return envelope.
Connecticut will throw away your ballot if you forget to sign the inner envelope.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.
An immediate family member may return your ballot.
If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site if possible and request an in-person ballot on Election Day. If you do not have your ballot, you will be asked to vote a provisional ballot.
Connecticut does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.
Voters in Connecticut must show ID at the polls to vote. Connecticut will accept IDs from US states, besides Connecticut. Valid forms of identification include;
If you do not have a valid ID, you may also sign an affidavit affirming your identity as a registered voter.
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Primary Type (D): Closed
Primary Type (R): Closed
Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in that party’s primary. The deadline to change party affiliation for already registered voters has passed. The deadline for new Connecticut voters to register to vote and declare a party for the presidential primary is Monday, April 1st. See Connecticut’s Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register and cast your ballot on Election Day at your local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof or residence with you.
Starting in 2024, Connecticut will allow early voting in all counties ahead of Election Day. The early voting period for primary elections will be 7 days, and the early voting period for general elections will be 14 days.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Connecticut, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can vote in the Connecticut primaries if you are 17 by the next election.