Voting in Connecticut

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Election Dates

General Election Date
Voter Registration Deadline (online)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Polling place hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Connecticut

Learn about all the options to vote in Connecticut to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Connecticut Board of Elections Phone Number: (860) 509-6100

Connecticut Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Connecticut

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

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.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in Connecticut

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.

  • Return in person to your town clerk or designated town dropbox by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Stamp and return by mail to your town clerk so that it is received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before Election Day. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

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.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

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.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

An immediate family member may return your ballot.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used 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.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your 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.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Voters in Connecticut must show ID at the polls to vote. Connecticut will accept IDs from US states, besides Connecticut. You may also sign an affidavit in lieu of presenting ID. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Social Security Card
  • Any other pre-printed form of ID that shows your
    • Name and address, OR
    • Name and signature, OR
    • Name and photo



Voter ID in Connecticut

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Automatic Registration

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.

Election Day Registration

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.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

You can vote in-person absentee in Connecticut


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.