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Connecticut Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Connecticut

To register to vote in the State of Connecticut, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a Connecticut resident;
  • Be at least 17 years old(must turn 18 before election day);

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How Do I Register To Vote in Connecticut

Election Day Registration

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. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency

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Voting At The Polls On Election Day


My new driver’s license indicates that it is NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION. May I use it as identification at the polling place?

Yes. You may continue to use your current driver’s license at the polling place when you vote. When you check-in to vote, in lieu of the driver’s license, you may also show a credit card with your name and signature, an ID with your name and photograph, or any document with your name and address such as a checkbook or a utility bill.

You must present one of these

  • A copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address;
  • Cast a provisional ballot
  • Social Security card
  • Any other preprinted form of identification which shows the elector's name and either the elector's address, signature or photograph

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Connecticut

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-Closed Primaries

State law provides that parties can choose to hold semi-closed primaries. Current Republican and Democratic state party rules do not allow independent voters to participate in their primary elections.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Connecticut

Absentee Voting

Can I vote absentee?

  • Connecticut has strict laws regarding who can vote absentee.
  • Are you an active member of the armed forces of the United States
  • Will you be out of town during all the hours of voting on Election Day?
  • Does illness prevent you from voting in person on Election Day?
  • Do your religious beliefs prevent you from performing secular activities like voting on Election Day?
  • Will you be performing duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours of voting on Election Day?
  • Do you have a physical disability that prevents you from voting in person on Election Day?
  • If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are eligible to vote absentee.

Who can download an application for absentee ballot? An application for absentee ballot may be downloaded by an individual for:

  • The individual's own use
  • The use of a member of the individual's immediate family
  • The use of a designee of the applicant
  • NOTE: Any person who will distribute five (5) or more absentee ballot applications to persons other than the individual's immediate family must register with and obtain forms from the Town Clerk of the municipality where such forms will be distributed before distributing such forms.

What happens after I send in my application?

  • Your Town Clerk will process your application.
  • Complete the ballot, carefully following the instructions that are included and return it by mail or in person.
  • Only complete absentee ballots received before the close of polls on the day of the election will be counted.

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What If My Address Has Changed


  • Your StudentnID is one of the many types of accepted IDs.nYour identification must fit one of the following requirements for it to be accepted as a valid form of ID at the polls:
  • name and address, or name and signature, or, name and photograph
  • There may be other instances where some additional types of identification may be required. Contact your local registrar of voters’ office, for more information on ID requirements.


  • There are some college students who would prefer to vote in their home state. Each State’s deadlines for registering to vote and obtaining an absentee ballot are different. Make sure you check with that State’s Secretary of State. If you are already registered to vote in another state, you may choose to vote by casting an absentee ballot in that state. Visit, for more info and links to other Secretary of States’ websites


  • You are able to apply for an absentee ballot if you are out of your town on the day of the election and for a few other reasons. After you mail in your absentee ballot application to the local Town Clerk, they will mail you back your absentee ballot to fill out and send back. For links and deadlines to apply visit

What if I moved recently?

  • You will have to update your voter registration to reflect your new address.
  • If you moved to Connecticut from another state, if you moved to a different town within Connecticut, or even if you moved within the same town, your polling location may have changed.
  • Your voter registration should always reflect your current home address.

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For an election or primary, polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Any elector standing in line at the polls at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a vote.
  • Check with your Town Clerk for the hours of voting on a referendum, as they vary by town.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to find your polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


You may register and vote in person on Election Day if you meet the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and you are not already registered,
OR you are registered in one town and want to change your registration because you currently reside in another town. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote

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