Connecticut Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter registration: Postmarked 14 days before the election (by mail). Received 7 days before the election (in person)
  • Absentee ballot application: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before the election
  • Absentee ballot due: Received by the day before the election (in person). Received by 8:00 p.m. on election day (by mail).

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use Connecticut's online voter registration tool.

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

Verify your voter registration

If you not sure if your registration was processed - or if you simply can't remember if you're register to vote - you can verify your voter registration here.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

You may vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut if:

  • 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

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Connecticut application for absentee ballot.   Fill it out, sign it, and mail it to your Town Clerk

You can also fax your application to your clerk.  Your clerk will process a faxed application and mail you an absentee ballot, but your ballot will not be counted unless you mail your original application (with your signature) to your clerk before the close of polls on election day.  You can mail your application with your absentee ballot if you'd like. 

Town Clerks start mailing absentee ballots 31 days before an election, 21 days before a primary, or 19 days before a referendum/special election.

Receive, vote and return your absentee ballot

Your town clerk will process your application and mail you an absentee ballot and a return envelope.  Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, and mail your completed ballot to your Town Clerk.

Additional Information 

State Elections Website: http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3172&q=525432
Email: lead@po.state.ct.us
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 

 

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