How to vote in Connecticut

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Connecticut offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Connecticut can look up where to vote on Connecticut's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

Connecticut does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You may be asked to show ID to vote in Connecticut. Acceptable forms include: Social Security card; or any other pre-printed form of ID that shows your name and address, signature, or photograph.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, you will need to show a proof of residence as well. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to sign an affadavit instead and then vote normally. If you're a first-time voter without ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

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.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.
  • 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