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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Connecticut

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

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

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

How Vote By Mail Works in Connecticut

Voting by mail is a two step process in Connecticut. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is the day before Election Day, but 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.

  • If you're already registered, you'll get a application in the mail. The Secretary of State is mailing all registered voters trackable absentee ballot applications. You may return the state generated application or apply now here.
  • COVID-19 is a qualifying excuse for all voters to vote by mail. If you have an older application that does not list COVID-19 as an excuse, the state requests that your write it in on the application.
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 Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You May Use COVID-19 as an Excuse to Vote Absentee

Due to COVID-19, your state has expanded vote by mail access for the November 2020 election. That means that ‘COVID-19’ qualifies as an excuse to request your absentee ballot.

P.S. If COVID-19 wasn’t affecting the U.S. right now, your state would have stricter requirements for you to qualify to vote by mail.

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 return envelope. Connecticut will throw away your ballot if you forget to sign the inner envelope.

Use The Right Form of ID

Connecticut voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Your state 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.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in-person ballot on Election Day.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Connecticut

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Connecticut First Time Voter Info