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Connecticut Elections Schedule

Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For an election or primary, polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Any elector standing in line at the polls at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a vote.
  • Check with your Town Clerk for the hours of voting on a referendum, as they vary by town.

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
April 26, 2016 - Presidential Primary Election Day
Absentee ballots for military and overseas voters become available (45 day ballot)March 12, 2016
Deadline for withdrawal of candidates placed on ballot by Secretary of the State. Withdrawal must be by letter signed by candidate, received by Secretary of the State by 12:00 noon this date. Petitioning candidates may not withdrawMarch 21, 2016
Absentee Ballot RequestApril 5, 2016
Election Day Registration is availableApril 21, 2016
In-person enrollment deadline, for new voters and unaffiliated voters enrolling in a party in person at Town Hall, for voting in primary by 12:00 noonApril 25, 2016
Absentee Ballot ReturnApril 26, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Absentee Ballot RequestOctober 8, 2016
Election Day Registration is availableNovember 1, 2016
Absentee Ballot ReturnNovember 8, 2016


Connecticut's same-day registration took effect July 1, 2013. You may register and vote in person on Election Day if you meet the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and you are not already registered, OR you are registered in one town and want to change your registration because you currently reside in another town.

Election Day Registration is not available at your polling place. Contact your local registrars of voters office for information about your town’s designated Election Day Registration location and ID requirements. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

My new driver’s license indicates that it is NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION. May I use it as identification at the polling place?

Yes. You may continue to use your current driver’s license at the polling place when you vote. When you check-in to vote, in lieu of the driver’s license, you may also show a credit card with your name and signature, an ID with your name and photograph, or any document with your name and address such as a checkbook or a utility bill.

You must present one of these

  • A copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address;
  • Cast a provisional ballot

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Connecticut Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Connecticut 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Connecticut. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Connecticut's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Connecticut US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running

Connecticut US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running Incumbent Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Richard Blumenthal won the election to the United States Senate with 55.2% of the vote against the Republican candidate, Linda McMahon, who came in a distant second with 43.2% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Connecticut)



No specific law requiring time off to vote

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