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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a current driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo ID card issued by the DMV, and a signature on file with DMV.

Register Online


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Connecticut voter registration form or get the form from your local registrar’s office, a public assistance office, public library, or any office that primarily provides services to persons with disabilities.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1a · Indicate whether this is a new registration, an address change, a name change, or a party enrollment change

Step 1b · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 years old by Nov 8

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name and date of birth

Step 4 · Provide your Connecticut driver’s license number or, if you don’t have one, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 5 · Provide your residential address

Step 6 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 8 · Select your gender

Step 9 · Indicate whether you want to enroll in a political party, and if so, which one

Step 10 · (If applicable) Provide the address where you were previously registered or list “None”

Step 11 · Read the oath. Sign and date the form.

Step 12 · Indicate whether you’d like to work at the polls on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 13 · If you’re registering to vote for the first time in your town and you don’t include a driver’s license or Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following documents when you register or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document that shows your name and address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked or received by Nov 1 by your local registrar’s office, a public assistance office, public library, or any office that primarily provides services to persons with disabilities


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the form at your local registrar’s office, a public assistance office, any office that primarily provides services to persons with disabilities, or a public library.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1a · Indicate whether this is a new registration, an address change, a name change, or a party enrollment change

Step 1b · Confirm that you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 years old by Nov 8

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name and date of birth

Step 4 · Provide your Connecticut driver’s license number or, if you don’t have one, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 5 · Provide your residential address

Step 6 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your telephone number

Step 8 · Select your gender

Step 9 · Indicate whether you want to enroll in a political party, and if so, which one

Step 10 · (If applicable) Provide the address where you were previously registered or list “None”

Step 11 · Read the oath. Sign and date the form.

Step 12· Indicate whether you’d like to work at the polls on Election Day


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Nov 1 to your local registrar’s office, a public assistance office, public library, or any office that primarily provides services to persons with disabilities

If you miss the deadline, you can register to vote in person on Nov 8 at your local Election Day registration location

Your local Election Day registration location is not the same as your polling place.

Check if you’re registered to vote

http://www.dir.ct.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a resident of a Connecticut town
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be convicted of a felony, or if previously convicted of a felony, have completed your prison sentence and parole and paid all related fines
  • Not be mentally incompetent
Online
November 1

Mail
November 1

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. You can vote as long as you’re in line by 8 PM.

Bring an accepted ID, if required.

Who can vote by mail

You must have one of the following reasons to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Your active service in the US armed forces
  • Your absence from town during all hours of voting on Election Day
  • Your illness
  • Your physical disability
  • Your religion forbids non-religious activity on Election Day
  • Your required performance of duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on Election Day


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print an absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name, date of birth, home address, phone number, and email address

Step 2 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 3 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election, check the box for “Election” and write Nov 8, 2016 on the line below

Step 4 · Select the reason why you’re eligible to vote by absentee

Step 5 · Sign and date the application


3. Submit the application

Send your completed application to your town clerk early enough so that you can receive your absentee ballot and then submit your completed ballot by the close of polls on Election Day, Nov 8


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your absentee ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and the return envelope
  • Mail your completed ballot so it’s received at the address on the return envelope by the close of polls on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot by calling the Legislation and Elections Administration Division of the Secretary of State at (860) 509-6100
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID, if required.

Registration requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Connecticut. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Connecticut address
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be convicted of a felony, or if previously convicted of a felony, have completed your prison sentence and parole and paid all related fines

In person ID requirements

Connecticut has 2 different ID requirements, depending on when you registered to vote. Most voters must present one of the following IDs:

  • Social Security card
  • Any pre-printed form of ID that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photo

If you cannot present an ID, you’ll be required to sign a brief statement confirming your identity

If you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you must present one of the following forms of ID:

  • A copy of a current photo ID that shows your name and address
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Connecticut does not allow in-person early voting.
If you are registering for the first time in a Connecticut town, and you register by mail, then you must submit proof of your identity at the time of registration. The easiest way to meet the ID requirement is to write your Connecticut driver’s license number or your Connecticut ID card number on your voter registration form. If you don’t have either of these numbers, you can include a copy of one of the following forms of ID: A current and valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Connecticut address.
You do not need to provide ID with your absentee ballot if you’ve already voted in Connecticut at least once. If you are a first-time Connecticut voter you must submit a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot. Put the copy of your ID in the outer envelope. If you put the copy of your ID in the same envelope as your ballot, your ballot will be rejected. The following forms of ID are acceptable: a copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Connecticut address.
In most cases, no. If you find yourself ill or hospitalized within six days of an election or referendum, you can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot.  Call your Local Election Official and ask how to get one.  You can ask for your ballot to be mailed to you, or you can designate a representative to pick it up.