Connecticut Absentee Ballot Guide

Connecticut Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated August 21, 2014
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote?

If you are registering for the first time in a Connecticut town, and you register by mail, then you must submit proof of your identity at the time of registration.  The easiest way to meet the ID requirement is to write your Connecticut driver's license number or your Connecticut ID card number on your voter registration form.  If you don't have either of these numbers, you can include a copy of one of the following forms of ID: A current and valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Connecticut address.

Do I need to provide ID with my absentee ballot?

You do not need to provide ID with your absentee ballot if you've already voted in Connecticut at least once.  If you are a first-time Connecticut voter you must submit a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot.  Put the copy of your ID in the outer envelope.  If you put the copy of your ID in the same envelope as your ballot, your ballot will be rejected. The following forms of ID are acceptable: a copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Connecticut address.

I've missed the absentee ballot application deadline.  Is there anything I can do? 

In most cases, no.  If you find yourself ill or hospitalized within six days of an election or referendum, you can apply for an emergency ballot using the Connecticut Emergency Absentee Ballot Application.  Mail the completed application to your Town Clerk.  You can ask for your ballot to be mailed to you, or you can designate a representative to pick it up.

Can I vote in person before the election?

No, Connecticut does not allow in-person early voting.

Additional Information 

State Elections Website: http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3172&q=525432
Email: [email protected]
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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