Voting in
Connecticut

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Connecticut, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Connecticut Election Website or call (860) 509-6100 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date

Voting Information for Connecticut

Don’t miss your next election!

In response to COVID-19, Connecticut has moved its closed presidential primary to coincide with its state primary on Aug. 11th. Absentee voting is by excuse only. For the August primary all voters may vote absentee by checking the COVID-19 box on the application.

General elections have in-person election day registration if you miss the voter registration deadlines.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Connecticut:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, August 11th. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its primary.  To change party you must update your affiliation at least 3 months before the election.  However, if you are a new registration (including moving to a new address in state)  or unafilliated voter, you may affiliate with a party by the regular voter registration deadline.

The party declaration date for existing Connecticut voters for the 2020 presidential primary is January 28, 2020.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: None

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Aug. 10th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be mailed in time to be received by your town clerk on Election Day. We recommend mailing at least 10 days prior to Election Day from an out-of-state location, or 5 days prior to the election from an in-state location.

Or you may return the ballot in-person to your town clerk or polling place by the close of polls on Jun. 2nd.

The vote-by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit a request for each election. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote via absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.

If you are applying for an absentee ballot within 6 days of the election, this is considered an emergency absentee ballot. There are additional requirements for your excuse. Info here on what qualifies.

 

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Voter ID + Access for Connecticut

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
    • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.