Voting in Connecticut

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This page has information relating to voting in Connecticut. For full information contact your state election agency.


Connecticut uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election. In Connecticut, political parties are given the right to decide who may vote in their primary election, thus the primary is closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voters but those registered with their party to vote.[1]

When and where

Registration is available beginning on the 31st day before a general election or on the 21st day before a primary. Applications can be printed and must then be postmarked by the 5th day before a primary or by the 14th day before an election. You may also register in person until noon on the last business day before a primary or up to 7 days before a general election.[2]

2012 developments

Governor of Connecticut Dannel P. Malloy, by executive order, extended the voter registration deadline until Thursday, November 1. This was done as a result of Hurricane Sandy hitting the state.[3]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

Connecticut passed legislation in 2012 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.

Voting on election day

First-time voters are required to present identification. Valid ID includes photo identification that features your name and address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.[4]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Connecticut, all polling places will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on election day.[5]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[6]

  • You will be actively serving in the U.S. armed forces
  • You will be absent from town during all the hours of voting
  • You are ill
  • You have a physical disability which makes it difficult for you to get to the polls
  • Your religion forbids you from participating in non-religious activities on election day
  • Your required performance of duties as a primary, referendum, or election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on election day


The absentee ballot must be returned either in person by close of business the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, it must be received by close of polls on election day.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Connecticut is one of seven states that does not have any form of early voting.[8]

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