Connecticut | Voting Guide

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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

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

  • 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).


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 at your town’s 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, or your name and signature, or your name and photograph.


If you do not have an acceptable ID, you may sign an affidavit affirming your identity. More information about voter ID requirements in Connecticut is available at https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/FAQ/FAQ---Voter-Identification.


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: http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

 
How Can I Vote?

2020

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all voters will be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.

  • All voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application by the Secretary of State.

  • Every town and city will have at least one secure drop box for absentee ballots, located at town hall.


By Mail

Typically, Connecticut requires an excuse to vote by mail, though that requirement has been waived for the November 2020 General Election. Acceptable excuses include:

  • 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.


Your application must be received by the town clerk by the 7th day before Election Day.


Completed absentee ballots must be received by the clerk by the close of the polls on Election Day.


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, you have the right 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 September 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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