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