Voting in Connecticut

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Connecticut permits online voter registration. The state does not allow no-excuse absentee voting and is one of only 14 states that do not allow any form of early voting. First time voters in Connecticut are required to present valid form of identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Connecticut, contact the 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.[1]

To vote in Connecticut, you must:[2]

  • be "at least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day"
  • be "a United States citizen living in Connecticut"
  • have "completed confinement and parole" if you are a convicted felon

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.[3]

2012 developments

In 2012 Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D), by executive order, extended the voter registration deadline from Tuesday, October 30 until Thursday, November 1. This was done as a result of Hurricane Sandy hitting the state.[4]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Connecticut is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

First-time voters are required to present identification. Valid identification includes a photo ID that features the voter's name and address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter's name and address.[5]

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.[6]

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:[7]

  • your active service in the U.S. armed forces
  • your absence from town during all the hours of voting
  • your illness
  • your physical ability
  • your religion forbids secular (non-religious) activity on that 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[8]

—Connecticut Secretary of the State


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.[9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Connecticut is one of 14 states that does not have any form of early voting.[10]

Election policy ballot measures

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Connecticut.

  1. Connecticut Absentee Voting on Constitutional Amendments, Question 1 (1962)
  2. Connecticut Absentee Voting on Religious Holidays, Question 3 (1964)
  3. Connecticut Admission of Absentee Electors, Question 5 (1962)
  4. Connecticut Admission of Electors, Question 1 (1980)
  5. Connecticut Admission of Electors, Question 2 (1962)
  6. Connecticut Age of Eligibility for State Office, Question 3 (1980)
  7. Connecticut Constitutional Convention Question, Question 1 (1986)
  8. Connecticut Early Voting Amendment, Question 1 (2014)
  9. Connecticut Election Procedure for State Executive Officials, Question 2 (1948)
  10. Connecticut Election Procedure for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Question 3 (1962)
  11. Connecticut Elector Residence Privileges, Question 4 (1962)
  12. Connecticut Forfeiture of Electoral Privileges Upon Conviction, Question 3 (1948)
  13. Connecticut Forfeiture of Electoral Privileges Upon Conviction, Question 3 (1974)
  14. Connecticut Justices of the Peace, Question 4 (1974)
  15. Connecticut Party Lever Usage Ban, Question 2 (1986)
  16. Connecticut Pre-Registration of Electors, Question 2 (1976)
  17. Connecticut Pre-Registration of Electors, Question 2 (1980)
  18. Connecticut Procedures for Absentee Admission, Question 1 (1992)
  19. Connecticut Qualification of Electors, Question 1 (1976)
  20. Connecticut Residence Requirement of Electors, Question 2 (1964)

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