Connecticut Election Information

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2014 Primary Election: August 12, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For detailed election deadline information, visit the Connecticut Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

You can vote from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Election Day. Connecticut DOES NOT offer early voting, to find out more information on absentee voting see below.


You can locate your polling place using the Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup tool, or by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

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Registration Deadlines

Registration applications can be mailed in using this form (also available in Spanish) or can be filled out in person at your Registrar of Voters' office.

Applications for primary elections must be postmarked by the 5th day before a primary (OR recieved by your Registrar of Voters or a voter registration agency by the 5th day before a primary).

Applications for general elections must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 14 days before an election (OR you may register in person with your Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before an election).

Identification Required for Registration

You may, but are not required to, submit a form of identification with your registration application.  If you do not submit identification, you may be required to do so at the polls on Election Day.

Acceptable forms of ID you can submit with your application are:

  • Driver's License Number
  • Last four digits of your social security number
  • A copy of a valid photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address

How to Check Registration

You can check the status of your registration by using the Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup tool or contacting your local Registrar of Voters.

If You Want to Vote Early

Connecticut does not offer early voting except by mail-in absentee ballot.  If you are not eligible to vote absentee, you must vote on the day of the election at your polling place.

 

If You Want to Vote Absentee

You may vote by absentee ballot if you:

  • Are ill or physically disabled
  • Are serving in the military
  • Will be out of town on election day during all hours of voting
  • Will be providing service as poll worker in polling places other than your own
  • Cannot vote on election day for religious reasons

 

Applications may be made beginning on the 31st day before a general election, and beginning on the 21st day before a primary.

  • If you want to vote absentee, fill out this ballot application and return it to your town clerk (also available in Spanish).
  • If you become ill or otherwise unable to vote within the 6 day period before the election, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency absentee ballot using this form.

The absentee ballot must be received by the municipal clerk by the close of the polls if mailed, or by the day before an election if returned in person.  (Sec. 9-140b)

If you are voting in your precinct for the first time and did not provide any identification when registering to vote by mail, you must show one of the following forms of ID when casting a ballot:

  • Current valid photo ID showing your name and address; or
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck; or
  • Other government document that shows your name and address.

 

Voters who have shown ID when registering to vote or during a previous election must either show a form of ID or fill out a form at the polls.  Specifically, voters' two options are:

  1. Present her or his Social Security card or a preprinted form of identification which shows the elector's name and either the elector's signature, address or photograph. 
  2. Sign a "Signatures of Electors Who Did No Present ID" form (Form 3), affirming under penalty of law that the elector signing the form is the elector whose name appears on the official check list. 

You must fill out a new registration card.  You may use the regular voter registration form to do this.  Just check the box that says "Change of Address."

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Connecticut-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Connecticut-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Connecticut-specific FWAB page.

Individuals convicted of a felony and incarcerated in any federal or state correctional facility are unable to vote until they pay all fines, are released from confinement and completed parole. Additionally, formerly convicted felons must register to vote even if they were registered to vote prior to their conviction.

Formerly convicted felons on probation are eligible to register and vote, unless convicted of a felony and incarcerated for a violation of Title 9 of the Connecticut Election Statutes. Individuals in these circumstances must complete their full sentence including parole before registering to vote.

FAQ

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Voter Checklist

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities” 

For more information for student voters, visit the Connecticut Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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