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Updates for the 2024 Election

Last Updated February 21, 2024

Connecticut Secretary of State: Elections and Voting

Early Voting Education Flyers

Recent Changes:

Some voting procedures have changed due to 2023 election legislation:

  • Presidential primary is now the first Tuesday in April, April 2, 2024
  • 2021 redistricting can change which candidates are on your ballot due to some boundary changes for US congressional and legislative districts.
  • Regarding early voting:
    • four days for the presidential primary and special elections
    • seven days for the state primary
    • 14 days for the general election:

Voter Registration in Connecticut

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age: At least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Must be a bona fide resident of the Connecticut town in which you are voting
  • Other
    • Formerly incarcerated individuals
      • May vote if not in prison and not on parole
      • May vote if on probation
    • College students: May vote absentee in home state or register to vote in CT

Additional Resources

Registration Deadlines


  • Registration deadlines for 2024 are:
  • The general deadlines to register to vote in upcoming elections are:
    • at least 5 days prior to the primary election in which you seek to vote
    • at least 7 days prior to the general election in which you seek to vote
    • Election Day Registration can occur only at Election Day Registration Locations


Additional Resources

Online Registration

  • Connecticut's online registration form is available in English and Spanish
  • Can be used to register to vote, update current registration record, or enroll / change political party enrollment.
  • To use 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

In Person and By Mail Registration

Additional Resources

Updating Registration      

Cancelling Registration

Additional Resources

ID Required for Connecticut Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

Voter Id Information

  • Online Registration: Must have one of the following:
    • Connecticut driver's license
    • Connecticut learner's permit
    • State ID card issued by CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • Signature on file with DMV
  • Mail-In Registration: Must have one of the following:
    • Connecticut driver's license
    • Social Security number
  • In Person Registration (Election Day Registration): Must have one of the following:
    • Current and valid photo ID with name and address
    • Copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows name and address
    • Social Security card
    • Any pre-printed form of ID with name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph
    • Sign an affidavit in lieu of ID

Additional Resources

ID Requirements for Voting

  • First Time Voters: Present one of the following:
    • Copy of current and valid photo ID with name and address
    • Copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document with name and address
    • Sign affidavit to cast provisional ballot
  • All Other Voters: Present one of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • Pre-printed Form of ID with name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph
    • Sign affidavit

Additional Resources

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Casting a Ballot in Connecticut

Important Dates

Absentee voting

Absentee Voting Information

Request Your Absentee Ballot Online

The November 2024 general election will decide on a constitutional amendment to allow no-excuse absentee balloting.

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 5 general election will be available on October , 2024 and will not be issued after November 5, 2024.
  • Absentee ballots for the November 5 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)

Polling places and hours

  • Use the Polling Place Locator to find your polling place
  • For a general election or primary, polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Any elector standing in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast their vote
  • 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:

  • Lyft provides free or discounted rides in some underserved communities. Lyft and Uber may provide discounted rides on Election Day.
  • Political parties sometimes arrange rides for voters. Contact the local office:

Help for voters with disabilities

  • The Secretary of State's Accessible Voting webpage provides guidance for voters of all abilities, including a video on how to use Accessible Voting Machines and a list of voter rights, and how they can be met.
  • Disability Rights Connecticut 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.


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.


Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2024)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2024)

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 2022)

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


Aldermen or Selectmen


Local ballot measures

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

The November 2024 general election will decide on a constitutional amendment to allow no-excuse absentee balloting.

Important Dates

Election Day is November 5, 2024

Annual Election Calendars

Dates of municipal elections can be found in the State Register and 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 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 provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings

How to contact your elected officials:

Find your elected officials

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections

Election Protection Hotlines

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

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian multilingual assistance)

1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic)

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


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