For more information, visit the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website.
Registration must be postmarked by October 27, 2020.
November 3, 2020 by 8:00 p.m. To register on Election Day, a voter must bring his or her birth certificate, driver’s license, or social security card to the location specified by the Registrar of Voters in their town, which may not be the voter’s 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 Secretary of State’s website recommends arriving early in the day for Election Day registration.
For more information, see “Registering to Vote” below and visit the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website.
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:
Connecticut does not have early voting per se but, due to COVID-19, all registered voters may apply for and submit their absentee ballot prior to Election Day.
In addition, 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 the polls on Election Day.
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.
How to Find Your Polling Place:
Visit the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Lookup page. Please note, however, that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be last minute closures or relocations of polling locations. 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 here.
Registration Deadline: For the General Election, Connecticut requires voter registration online or by mail to be postmarked by October 27, 2020. In-person voter registration has no deadline 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 location rather than the polling place in order to register. The voter should contact their local Registrar of Voters office to find out where to go to register. 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 here. 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.
If You Want to Vote Early
Connecticut does not have early voting per se but, due to COVID-19, all registered voters may apply for and submit their absentee ballot prior to Election Day. For more information on absentee voting, see below and visit the Secretary of States’s absentee voting information page.
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;
- physical disability;
- religious beliefs do not allow secular activity on the day of the election; or
- the required 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 will be mailed to all registered voters. Absentee ballot applications are also available here. There is no deadline of submitting an application for an absentee ballot. 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 via their local secure drop box (likely located at their town clerk’s office) 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 here
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. 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.
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
Valid forms of ID are:
- 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.
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
If a voter moves his or her residence within the same town, the voter can update his/her information on Election Day. The local Registrar of Voters should be able to help individuals change their address. The voter may have to cast his/her vote at the polling place of his/her old address.
Moving Between Towns
If the voter moves to a new town and has not re-registered before Election Day, the voter will have to register with his/her new address on Election Day. To do so, the voter may have to go to a designated Election Day registration location. In that case, the voter should contact their local Registrar of Voters office to find out where to go to register. If a voter submits a provisional ballot without re-registering in the new town, it will not be counted.
Temporary Moves Because of COVID-19
As long as a voter maintains a residence in Connecticut in the town in which they are registered, a temporary move to another location, inside or outside the state (for example, to stay with the family at another location), should not affect their eligibility to vote in the town in which they are registered. However, if a voter does not maintain their original residence in the town in which they are registered because of a temporary move (for example, they have sold their home or given up their leased residence), they will likely be required to re-register to vote in their new temporary residence. Also, a voter should consider whether they will be able to satisfy the in-person voter identification requirements described above as a result of a temporary move (i.e. will the address included in their form of identification match the address associated with their voting registration).
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.
A voter who has been convicted of a felony and who is no longer incarcerated or paroled, and (with respect only to those voters who were confined in an out-of-state or federal correctional facility) who has paid all fees associated with their conviction, may have his or her voting rights re-instated. When a voter is convicted, the Commissioner of Correction notifies the Secretary of the State, which in turn notifies the voter’s local registrar that he or she has forfeited his or her voting rights.
When the voter is released from prison or discharged from parole (1) the Commissioner of Correction gives the voter a document certifying that he or she has been released or discharged, and (2) the Commissioner of Correction notifies the Secretary of the State within a month that the voter is no longer disqualified from voting.
If the voter returns to the town where he or she was registered before conviction, this process eventually restores his or her voting rights automatically, but it may take several months and the voter will need to update his or her address with the registrar.
If the voter is living in a new town or was not previously registered to vote, he or she needs to submit a new voter registration application and include in his or her registration application satisfactory proof that he or she has been released or discharged. This may be done with the certificate issued to the voter by the Commissioner of Corrections or through the voter’s parole officer.