Connecticut

Upcoming Elections

2022-07-19 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting From

Tue Jul 19, 2022

2022-08-04 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Thu Aug 4, 2022

2022-08-08 – Ballot Request Deadline

Mon Aug 8, 2022

2022-08-08 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022 12:00PM EDT

2022-08-08 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting To

Mon Aug 8, 2022

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 8:00PM EDT

2022-08-09 – Registration Deadline (Election Day Registration & Voting)

Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

Last updated: April 2022

Voting in Connecticut

When You Can Vote

Election Day

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Election Day. Any voter in line at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day may cast a ballot.

Early Voting and Absentee Voting

A voter may vote by absentee ballot if they are on active service in the U.S. armed services; they are absent from the town in which they are registered to vote during all hours of voting; they have an illness or physical disability that prevent them voting in person; they have religious beliefs that prevent them from performing secular activities like voting on Election Day; or they will be performing duties as an election official at a polling place other than their own during all hours of voting on Election Day.

Applicable deadlines for submitting absentee ballots are as follows:   

  • By Mail or Secure Drop Box: The absentee ballot must be received by the clerk of the municipality in which the applicant is qualified to vote no later than the close of the polls on Election Day (8:00 p.m.).  The term “mailed” shall include the act of depositing an absentee ballot in a secure drop box designated by the town clerk.
  • In person by the voter or a designee or immediate family member of the voter: The absentee ballot must be delivered to the clerk no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

“Curbside Voting”

Curbside voting is available only for voters who are “temporarily incapacitated” and cannot gain access into a polling place.  In these circumstances, a voter may request a ballot be brought to them.  Two poll workers of the opposite parties will come outside to assist the voter. Other voters who have difficulty standing in line may approach the moderator of the polling place and request to move to the front of the line due to challenges imposed by standing or may request a chair to use and the voter’s place in line should be held until a poll owner informs the voter when it is time for him or her to vote.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place

Visit the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Lookup page. If there is any question about whether a polling location has been changed, contact your town’s Registrar of Voters to confirm your polling location.  Contact information for your Registrar of Voters can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Registrar-of-Voters/7121-Registrar-of-Voters-List.pdf. 

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Connecticut if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Connecticut
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are not eligible to vote in Connecticut if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction

For further information, please see US Vote’s [Connecticut Ex-offender and Misdemeanor Voting Rights](https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ex-off-voting-rights/connecticut/) page.

How to register 

  • Connecticut State Primary Election
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Thu Aug 4, 2022
    • In-Person, Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022 12:00PM EDT
    • In Person: Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

Registration Deadline:  For the statewide primary election, Connecticut requires voter registration online or by mail to be postmarked by August 4, 2022. In-person voter registration may be done at the Town Clerk or Registrar’s office until 12:00 pm on the day before Election Day and a voter may register in person on Election Day. A person who wants to register on Election Day may have to go to another Election Day Registration location in his or her town rather than the polling place in order to register and may vote at such Election Day Registration location.  The voter should contact their local Registrar of Voters office to find out where to go to register (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Registrar-of-Voters/7121-Registrar-of-Voters-List.pdf). To register on Election Day, a voter must bring his or her birth certificate, driver’s license, or social security card to the polling place.  If the voter is a student enrolled at an institution of higher education, he or she may instead provide his or her student photo identification card. The voter must also provide proof of his or her bona fide residence address, such as a school registration statement or utility bill. The voter must be registered by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to vote in the election.  The Secretary of State’s website recommends arriving early in the day for same day registration.

How to Check Your Registration: Use the Voter Registration Lookup page or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote in Connecticut, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States; 
  • Be at least 18 years old; 
  • Be a resident of the town in which you are registering to vote; and 
  • Have completed confinement and parole if you were previously convicted of a disenfranchising felony.

How to Register: Connecticut residents may register in person, by mail, or online. To apply in person, complete the State of Connecticut Mail-In Voter Registration and take it to your local town hall or voter registration office. To apply by mail, complete the State of Connecticut Mail-In Voter Registration and mail  it to your local town hall or voter registration office. To register online, visit https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do.  You must have a Connecticut driver’s license or DMV-issued non-driver ID to register to vote online.

Identification Required for Registration: Voters may register by mail without identification, but they must provide a valid form of identification (i.e., a birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card or student photo identification card) and proof of bona fide residence address (i.e., a school registration statement or utility bill) when they vote at the polls on Election Day.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Connecticut State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Mon Aug 8, 2022

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 8:00PM EDT

If You Want to Vote Early

Connecticut does not have early voting.  

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A voter may cast an absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • active service with the armed forces of the United States;
  • absence from the town of his or her voting residence during all of the hours of voting;
  • illness;
  • physical disability;
  • religious beliefs do not allow secular activity on the day of the election; or
  • the performance of his or her duties as an election official at a polling place other than his or her own during all of the hours of voting at such election.

Absentee Ballot Applications: 

  • Absentee ballot applications are also available https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Ballots.  The deadline for submitting an application for an absentee ballot is the close of polls on Election Day.  However, voters should be aware of, and factor into their decision to vote by absentee ballot, the time delay associated with postal delivery of their absentee ballot application; the processing of their application by their town clerk; and postal delivery of their ballot once their application for an absentee ballot has been processed and mailed.  As such, voters who wish to submit an absentee ballot should submit their absentee ballot applications as soon as possible in person or by mail to their town clerk so there is sufficient time for their application to be processed and their ballot to be sent to them.  
  • A separate Emergency Absentee Ballot Application, accessible through the link provided above for absentee ballot applications, is available and should be submitted if the voter submits the application within 6 days of the election because the voter: 
    • Experiences an unforeseen illness or unforeseen physical disability that occurs within six days preceding the close of the polls; or
    • Is a patient in a hospital within six days before the close of polls.
  • Contact information for your municipal clerk can be found at http://www.ctclerks.com/content/5645/5649/default.aspx

Rules and Deadlines for Absentee Ballots: 

  • By Mail or Secure Drop Box:  The absentee ballot must be received by the clerk of the municipality in which the applicant is qualified to vote no later than the close of the polls on Election Day (8:00 pm).  The term “mailed” shall include the act of depositing an absentee ballot in a secure drop box designated by the town clerk.
  • In person by the voter or a designee or immediate family member of the voter: The absentee ballot must be delivered to the clerk no later than the close of the polls on Election Day (8:00 pm).

For more information on absentee voting, see below and visit the Secretary of State’s absentee voting information page at https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Ballots

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Connecticut you should provide one of the following:

  • Connecticut Learner’s Permit
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Connecticut Driver’s License Number
  • Your Connecticut non-driver ID number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Connecticut you are required to show ID to vote; or, you may instead sign an affidavit or similar document. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Social Security Card
  • Any Form of ID which shows your Name and either your Address, Photo or Signature

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

There are several options for identification and a voter does not need to have a driver’s license or have a photo ID. Valid forms of ID are:

  1. for voters who registered, by mail, to vote for the first time in that town on or after January 1, 2003, who did not provide proof of identification and address at the time of registry, 
  • Current and valid photo ID that includes the voter’s name and address, or 
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address; and

(2) for all other voters, 

  • Social Security card or any other preprinted form of identification which shows the elector’s name and either address, signature, or photograph; or 
  • Signed statement on a form approved by the Secretary of the State detailing the voter’s residential address, date of birth and name.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to vote a challenged or provisional ballot.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

You must change your voter registration if you move to a new address in the same town or move to a new town.

Moving within the Same Town

You will have to update your voter registration to reflect your new address. Your voter registration should always reflect your current home address. 

However, thanks to Connecticut’s Election Day Registration law, you can register and vote in person on Election Day at your town’s Election Day Registration location. To register in person, you will need to supply proof of identity and residence. Contact your local registrars of voters for information about location, hours of operation, and acceptable forms of identification. 

https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Find-Your-Town-Clerk-Registrar-and-Elected-Officials/Find-Your-Town-Clerk-Registrar-of-Voters-and-Elected-Officials (click Registrar of Voters)

Moving Between Towns

If you move to a new town, you must re-register in your new town of residence.  You will have to update your voter registration to reflect your new address. Your voter registration should always reflect your current home address. 

However, thanks to Connecticut’s Election Day Registration law, you can register and vote in person on Election Day at your town’s Election Day Registration location. To register in person, you will need to supply proof of identity and residence. Contact your local registrars of voters for information about location, hours of operation, and acceptable forms of identification. 

https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Find-Your-Town-Clerk-Registrar-and-Elected-Officials/Find-Your-Town-Clerk-Registrar-of-Voters-and-Elected-Officials  (click Registrar of Voters)

If You are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Connecticut-specific FPCA page. 

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot by completing and mailing Connecticut’s Absentee Ballot Application.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. mail. Ballots must be returned via U.S. mail, commercial carrier, or by hand delivery.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by Uniformed Services members on active duty, members of the merchant marine, and their spouses or dependents. If you have applied for a regular ballot from your local election officials and do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Connecticut no later than the close of polls on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Connecticut-specific FWAB page.

If You Have a Felony Conviction


A voter who has been convicted of a felony and has been committed to confinement, either in the State of Connecticute, in a federal prison, or in an out-of-state correctional facility, shall be eligible to have their voting privilegs restored upon release from confinement.

In order to have such privileges restored, the voter must: 1) contact the Registrars of Voters in the town where they live to obtain a voter registration card; and 2) fill out the voter registration card and submit the card to the Registrars of Voters in the town in which they live either in person or by mail. Confirmation of restoration of voting rights should be received within 3 weeks of receipt. 

Voter registration cards can be obtained from any public library, the DMV, DSS or any other voter registration agency. A list of Registrar of Voters can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Registrar-of-Voters/2022/Registrars-of-Voters-List-3922.pdf

Important Exception: If convicted of a felony and committed for confinement for a violation of Title 9 of Connecticut Election statutes, electoral privileges cannot be restored until such person has fulfilled all of the requirements set forth above and have been discharged from parole and/or probation.

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