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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline:

PRIMARY: Your application must be postmarked by the 5th day before a primary (OR received by your Registrar of Voters or a voter registration agency by the 5th day before a primary). You may apply in person to your town clerk or registrar until 12:00 noon on the last business day before a primary.

ELECTION: Your application must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 14th day before an election (OR you may register in person with your Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before an election).

However, Connecticut now offers Election Day Registration. If you miss the deadline for registering for an election, you can register and vote in person on Election Day at your town’s Election Day Registration location.

Party Affiliation: You do not need to register with a political party. However, you must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary. There is a 3 month waiting period to change from one party to another. This does not apply when switching from unaffiliated to party membership.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: At least 17 years old (must be age 18 by election day); 17 year olds, who will turn 18 on or before election day, may participate in general primary.

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident in a Connecticut town

Felony Convictions: Have completed confinement and parole if previously convicted of a felony

ID Requirements: click here

Other Voter Registration Qualifications: If you move to a different town, you must fill out a new voter registration card


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: in English and in Spanish.

In person: You can obtain an application at any Registrar of Voter's office

By mail/in writing: You can obtain an application from any Registrar of Voter's office or online and return it to the Registrar of Voter's office or Voter registration agency.

By fax: Contact your local Registrars of Voters for faxing options.

Other Voter Registration Application Information: Connecticut/HAVA Voters' Bill of Rights


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: Voter Registartion Lookup

Phone: Call your local Registrar of Voters or the Secretary of State at (800) 540-3764 or (860) 509-6100 (TDD, 800-303-3161)


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:

You are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot if you are unable to appear at the polling place during the hours of voting for one of the reasons below:
 - Active service in the Armed Forces of the United States
 - Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting
 - Illness
 - Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
 - Duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than my own during all of the hours of voting
 - Physical disability

Other absentee voter qualifications:You must complete a new absentee ballot application for each election, primary, and referendum.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: English and Spanish absentee ballot applications available.

In person: You can obtain an application at any Registrar of Voters. To cast the ballot, mark the ballot card and return it to the town clerk's office in your town of residence.

By mail: You can obtain an application at any Registrar of Voters. To cast the ballot, mark the ballot card and mail it to the town clerk's office in your town of residence.

Military and overseas voting: An elector who is (1) temporarily living or expects to be living or traveling outside the territorial limits of the United States before and on election day or (2) a member of the armed forces or the spouse or dependent living where such member is stationed is eligible for an absentee ballot sent outside the territorial United States.

Emergency Voting: Connecticut emergency absentee ballot application


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Absentee Ballots must be returned: by mailed so that it is received by the municipal clerk not later than the close of the polls on the day of such election; or returned by the elector in person to said clerk by the day before an election or primary;

A presidential ballot or overseas ballot must be mailed or otherwise returned by the elector or applicant so that it is received by the town clerk not later than the close of the polls on election day. (Sec. 9-l40b)


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Early voting is not available in Connecticut


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Connecticut online registration verification available here. You can also contact your Registrar of Voters to verify your registration.

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Connecticut law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place: click here

ID Requirements: Connecticut voter identification requirements

How to Vote: An optical scan machine is used by most in-person voters.

A vote by phone option is available at every polling place for voters with disabilities or for any voter who prefers this option.

Problems with voting: Connecticut does not have a HAVA complaint form in place. Direct complaints or problems with voting to your local Registrar of Voters.

Verifying provisional ballot status: Connecticut provisional ballot guidelines and policies

Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your Registrar of Voter's office for absentee ballot verification


 

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