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Voting and Elections Information for Connecticut

Voter Registration in Connecticut

Eligibility

  • Age: At least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: May vote if not in prison and not on parole. Individuals on probation may vote.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Must be a bona-fide resident of the Connecticut town in which you are voting
  • College students can either vote absentee in their home state or register to vote in CT
  • Check to see if you are already registered https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

More information: https://portal.ct.gov/en/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility

Deadline

Online registration

To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV.

Online registration form (in English and Spanish): https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do

Mail-in registration

Printable forms (in English and Spanish): https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Register-to-Vote/Voter-Registration-Application-English-and-Spanish

Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.

Choosing a political party   

You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.                 

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.

Cancelling registration

The Registrar of Voters in each town maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local Registrar of Voters.

Directory of Registrars: 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

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ID Requirements for Connecticut Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

Online Registration

For online voter registration, a Connecticut drivers license or state ID is required.

Mail-in Registration

An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:

  • Driver’s license number, OR
  • Last four digits of Social Security number, OR
  • You must present either a current and valid photo ID with your name and address, OR
  • “a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.”

If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.

ID Requirements for Voting

First-Time Voters

First-time voters who meet certain requirements must present either a current and valid photo ID with their name and address OR “a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.”

If you cannot meet either of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.

All Other Voters

Voters who are not voting for the first time can present:

  • A Social Security card, OR
  • Any pre-printed form of identification that shows your name and address, or name and signature, or name and photograph, OR
  • Sign a statement under penalty of false statement on Form ED-681 entitled, "Signatures of Electors Who Did Not Present ID", provided by the Secretary of the State that the elector whose name appears on the official check list is the same person who is signing the form.

More information: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/FAQ/FAQ---Voter-Identification

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Locations: https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=808&q=244586

Obtaining a Driver’s License

  • New license: https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=515038
  • Transferring from another state: https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=244776
  • Obtaining a non-driver photo ID: https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=490078
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Casting a Ballot in Connecticut

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: August 14, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018
  • Early voting: Connecticut does not allow early in-person voting.

Absentee voting

Opening/closing dates

  • Absentee ballots are provided by the municipal clerk beginning 31 days before an election, 21 days before a primary, or 19 days before a referendum
  • Absentee ballots for the November 6 general election will be available on October 5, 2018 and will not be issued after November 5, 2018.
  • Absentee ballots for the November 6 general election are due to the Town Clerk “(1) by the close of the polls if it is mailed or if it is returned by a member of the immediate family of the applicant in person or by the qualified designee of an ill or physically disabled ballot applicant in person, or (2) by the day before the election if it is returned in person by the applicant.”

Military voters and voters who reside outside the U.S.

  • “Blank ballots may be sent out to certain military persons beginning 90 days before a regular election and to Connecticut electors temporarily residing outside the U.S. and all military persons beginning approximately 45 days before a regular election, approximately 30 days before a primary and as soon as a complete list of candidates and questions is available before a special election.”
  • Overseas ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by the close of the polls on election day in order to be counted.

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

In order to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Active service in the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting
  • An illness
  • Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
  • Duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than my own during all of the hours of voting
  • A physical disability

Application for Absentee Ballot (English or Spanish): https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting

Polling places and hours

  • Use the Polling Place Locator to find your polling place: https://gettothepolls.com/
  • For a general election or primary, polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Check with the Town Clerk regarding voting hours for referenda.
  • Time off to vote: Connecticut does not require employers to give employees time off to vote.

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

Help for disabled voters

  • Disability Rights Connecticut (https://www.disrightsct.org) operates the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program.
  • If you have a permanent disability, you may be eligible to apply for a permanent absentee ballot from your Town Clerk.
  • A vote by phone option is available at every polling place for voters with disabilities or for any voter who prefers this option.

Ballots

Where to get more info on candidates

Referenda

Sample ballots

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Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the general election.
  • In Connecticut, a voter must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary.
  • In a general election, voters are not required to have a party affiliation.

Jurisdiction

Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years; next election in 2018)

State Senator (elected every two years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

Statewide ballot measures

Municipal (odd years)

School Board and other boards and commissions

Mayor or First Selectman

Town Clerk

Registrar of Voters

Tax Collector

Treasurer

Aldermen or Selectmen

Constable

Local ballot measures

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

Election Day is November 6, 2018

Dates of municipal elections can be found in the State Register and Manual https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Register-Manual/Register-Manual/Connecticut-State-Register--Manual

Who conducts elections?

  • The Connecticut Secretary of State is the Commissioner of Elections and oversees statewide and local elections
  • The Registrars of Voters maintains voter rolls for each municipality
  • Town Clerks prepare ballots and administer balloting for each municipality

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

The Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (https://ct.gov/seec/site/default.asp) has “the authority to investigate possible violations of the election laws, inspect campaign finance records and reports, refer evidence of violations to the Chief State's Attorney or to the Attorney General, issue advisory opinions and make recommendations to the General Assembly concerning revisions to the state's election laws.”

Campaign finance

Campaign Reporting Information System (www.ct.gov/seec/site/default.asp) provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings

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General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections

(Adapted from The Librarian’s Reference Guide to Voter Registration, Voting & Elections by Rachel Dobkin)

Hotlines

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)

Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits