Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register//update: Election Day Nov 3rd 7pm
Online Link to Application: https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do
Election Day Registration
- Election Day Registration permits anyone to register and vote in person on Election Day who meets the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and is not already registered, OR is registered in one town but has moved to another town. By law, a person is eligible to register and vote if he or she is (1) a US citizen, (2) age 18 or older, (3) a bona fide resident of the town in which he or she applies for admission, and (4) has completed confinement and parole if previously convicted of a disfranchising felony.
- Election Day Registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated EDR location in each town, beginning at 6 am and ending at 8 pm. You will register and vote at the designated EDR location in your town. Please plan to arrive early in the day as there may be long lines. You must be registered by 8 pm in order to vote. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to Register In Order to mail Ballot: November 2nd
All registered Connecticut voters will be sent Mail Absentee ballots in the mail. You can also fill out an application below:
Order Mail Absentee Ballot Here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting
Absentee Ballot Fact Sheet: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/COVID-19/AB-Fact-Sheet-AUGUST-2020-PRIMARY.pdf
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be postmarked on or before election day november 3, 2020
If you have filled out your absentee ballot, but do not believe it will be mailed in on time, you can drop off ballots at designated drop off at secure droboxes. There will be at least one drobox located in each town.
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
- Connecticut has the Surrender Rule. If you want to vote in person on Election Day, you must surrender your mail ballot to the Municipal Clerk’s Office before 10 am Election Day to request that your absentee be withdrawn. The municipal clerk will mark your ballot as “rejected” and remove the ballot from the sealed package and return it to you, along with a signed statement stating that you have withdrawn your absentee ballot and may vote in person.
- On Election Day, you can present your “rejected” absentee ballot in order to vote in person.
- Source: https://cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_145.htm (Sec. 9-15o)
4. Early Voting Information
- Connecticut does not currently permit early voting.
- Connecticut has strict rules regarding absentee voting. For the August 2020 Presidential and State Primary, all voters can vote by absentee due to the COVID-19 virus, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7QQ. Voters must check the COVID-19 box on the application.
- In response to the global pandemic the Secretary of State has issued a plan to allow voters to cast their ballot in a safe setting. To view the plan visit: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/2020-Voting-Plan-FINAL-DRAFT-May-2-715-PM.pdf
- To Find information regarding where and when to vote visit https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Where-and-how-do-I-vote
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS or call Connecticut Secretary of State, Denise W. Merrill 860.509.6200
5. Be a Poll Worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16+ and over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county
- Contact your local Election Official to sign-up: