Connecticut | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates


Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the Connecticut presidential preference primary has been rescheduled for June 2, 2020.

  • To vote in a party’s primary, a voter must be affiliated with that party. New voters or unaffiliated voters may update their affiliation by mail until May 28. Voters can update their affiliation in person until June 1.

  • For now, the state has not made voting by mail available to all voters. Information about voting by mail is available below.

In-person voting will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

Voter Registration Deadline: 7 days before a general election; 5 days before a primary election

  • Election Day registration is available at certain locations. Locations can be found on the Secretary of State’s website

  • Bring proper ID if you register on Election Day.



  • Presidential Primary Registration Deadline: May 28

  • Presidential Primary: June 2

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 27. Register in person through Election Day.

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

To register to vote in Connecticut using the state’s online      registration system, you must have a driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV.

Residents can also register to vote by mail or in person at their clerk's office using Connecticut’s voter registration form. The form asks for your Connecticut driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have one. If you do not have one of these numbers, you can include with your registration form:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo I.D.;

  • A copy of a current utility bill;

  • A bank statement;

  • A government check;

  • A paycheck; or

  • A government document that shows your name and address


You can also register to vote in person on Election Day at an Election Day Registration location. You will be required to present proof of identity and proof of residency, such as a student ID card and a utility bill or tuition statement that lists your name and Connecticut address. Contact your local Registrar of Voters office to make sure you bring proper ID with you.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All registered voters are asked to present a form of ID when voting in person on Election Day. You can show:

  • Your social security card; or

  • A form of preprinted ID that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph.


If you do not have an acceptable ID, you may sign an affidavit affirming your identity.


First-time voters who did not provide a Connecticut driver’s license or ID number or last four digits of their social security number may need to show photo ID or an official document with their name and current address.


If you register to vote on Election Day, you must provide proof of identity and residency, such as a student ID card and a utility bill or tuition statement that lists your name and Connecticut address. Contact your local Registrar of Voters office to make sure you bring proper ID with you.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

You may vote by an absentee ballot only if you will be unable to appear at your polling place on Election Day for one of the following reasons:

  • Active service in the U.S. armed forces;

  • Absence from town during all hours of voting on Election Day;

  • Illness;

  • Physical disability;

  • Your religion forbids secular (non-religious) activity on that day; or

  • Working at a polling place other than your own during all hours of Election Day.


Absentee ballot request forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website, beginning on the 31st day before a general election and the 21st day before a primary election.


Your application must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 7th day before a general election.


For primary elections, applications must be postmarked by the 5th day before a primary. You may apply in person to your town clerk or registrar until 12:00 noon on the last business day before a primary.

Mailed completed absentee ballots must be received by the clerk by the close of the polls on Election Day or returned in person by the day before the election.


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

  • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

  • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

  • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Connecticut affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Voting in Connecticut may affect your driver’s license and car registration. You may wish to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Connecticut legal professional.


Last updated April 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

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