En español | Connecticut passed a law that will introduce early in-person voting in 2024. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November 2022 to allow the change.
Some cities, including Hartford, are holding municipal elections in 2023. The primary was Tuesday, Sept. 12, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. The next statewide elections are in 2024 and include races for seats in the U.S. House and Senate and state Legislature.
A law taking effect on Jan. 1, 2024, adds 14 days of early voting for general elections, seven days for most primaries and four days for presidential primaries and special elections.
Voting laws passed in 2021 make it easier to vote absentee by ensuring availability of drop boxes and expanding eligibility to commuters as well as to voters and their caretakers if they are worried about illness.
A redistricting plan changed certain boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
You’ll need to show a copy of a current valid photo ID that includes your name and address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document with your name and address.
For information about deadlines, visit the secretary of the state’s website. You can check your registration status through the state’s voter portal.
Yes. Only voters who are registered with a party may vote in that party’s primary. Connecticut allows parties to open their primaries to unaffiliated voters, but none currently do.
New and unaffiliated voters have until noon the day before the primary to register with a party. Voters switching parties must do so no later than 90 days before the primary. Use the state’s online voter registration system or contact your registrar of voters.
Only registered voters who cannot appear at their assigned polling place on Election Day due to absence during voting hours, sickness, physical disability, military service, religious tenets or duties as an election official can request an absentee ballot for the primaries and general election.
You’re eligible for an absentee ballot if you are traveling for part of Election Day, or if you’re concerned about sickness, including COVID-19, for either yourself or someone you are caring for.
If you qualify for an absentee ballot, you must submit a separate application for each election in which you qualify unless you have a chronic illness or disability, in which case you can contact your town clerk to apply for a permanent absentee ballot. That will ensure you automatically get an absentee ballot for each election.
You can apply for an absentee ballot in several ways:
There is no deadline for applying by mail, fax or online, but election officials encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure your ballot arrives in time. If it’s close to the election, you should request a ballot in person from your town clerk.
In the event of an unforeseen illness or physical disability within six days of the polls closing, you can submit an emergency application for an absentee ballot. Read more on the state’s absentee ballots fact sheet.
Complete the absentee ballot and return it:
Yes. Log into the state’s voter portal to see if your absentee ballot was received by your town clerk.
Not yet. But after Jan. 1, 2024, Connecticut will allow 14 days of early in-person voting for general elections, seven days for most primaries and four days for presidential primaries and special elections. Every municipality must establish at least one early voting location. Check with your town clerk for more information when it becomes available.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Use the state’s voter portal to find your assigned polling place. If you’re in line before the polls close, you’ll be allowed to vote.
Technically, no — unless you're a first-time voter. First-timers will be asked to show a copy of a current valid photo ID that includes a name and address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document with their name and address.
All other voters will be asked to present either a Social Security card or any form of ID that shows either their name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph. However, you may sign an affidavit in lieu of presenting one of these IDs.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Sept. 20, 2023, with new information about voting in Connecticut.
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