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Connecticut | Voting Guide

  Connecticut  

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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.

 

2020

  • Presidential Primary Registration Deadline: April 23

  • Presidential Primary: April 28

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

  • General Election: November 3

 
 

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.

 

Connecticut’s voter registration 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

 

If you register in person, you will be asked to show your birth certificate, driver’s license, or Social Security card. If you do not have one of these, you may provide the types of proof of identity and residency described above.

 

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 CT driver’s license or ID number or last four digits of the 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.

 

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

 

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. They are available 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.

 

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. 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 June 2019

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