How to register to vote in Connecticut

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Connecticut offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Connecticut by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Connecticut you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Connecticut and of the town in which you wish to vote
  • be 17 years old. You can vote when you turn 18
  • have completed confinement and parole if previously convicted of a felony, and have had your voting rights restored by Registrars of Voters
  • not currently be declared mentally incompetent to vote by a court of law

Online voter registration

  • Connecticut offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Connecticut ID to use Connecticut's online voter registration system. If you don't have a Connecticut-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 30.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: When you register to vote, you must provide either your Connecticut driver's license number, or if none, the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: Connecticut requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 30.

Use the Connecticut voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Connecticut voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 30.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 30. Election-day registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated location in each town, beginning at 6 am and ending at 8 pm. You can register and vote at the designated location for 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.
  • You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
  • Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Connecticut or contacting your local election official.

Get step-by-step help

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Connecticut.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Connecticut's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 30.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 30.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day. Election-day registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated location in each town, beginning at 6 am and ending at 8 pm. You can register and vote at the designated location for 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.

Election contact information for Connecticut

Address:
Secretary of State
30 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone Number:
860-509-6100