Upcoming Elections in Connecticut

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.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.ct.gov to find your polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

August 9,2016 - Primary for State District and Municipal Offices`
Absentee Ballot Begins: Absentee ballots for state, district or municipal primary become available on this day. July 19,2016
Voter Registration Begins: Registration by mail for Primary For State District and Municipal offices. July 19,2016
Voter Registration deadline - In Person: Deadline for registering by mail for State and Municipal Primary. Mailed applications must be received by registrar of voters of town of residency by this day. August 4,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Registration by mail for Primary For State District and Municipal offices. August 4,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Registration by mail. August 5,2016
Voter Registration deadline - In Person: Deadline for registering in person with the registrar of voters or town clerk of the town of residence and deadline for enrolling in person with the registrar of voters for voting in primary for state, district or municipal office by 12:00 pm. August 8,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for the registrar of the mail-in applicant\'s town of residence to receive mail-in application. August 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: Overseas ballots may be issued up to the close of the polls. However, they must be received by town clerk by close of the polls on primary day in order to be cast. August 9,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Deadline for municipal clerk to receive mailed absentee ballots. Note: If absentee ballot is returned in person by the applicant it must be returned by the day before the election. (Aug. 8) August 9,2016
November 8,2016 - General Election Day`
Candidate Ballot Access - Write-In candidates ballot access deadline: First day that write-in candidates for any office being contested at November 8 2016 election, except president, may register as write-in candidates with Secretary of the State. August 10,2016
Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots: Printing absentee ballots. Immediately after the deadline for the certification of all candidates whose names are too appear on the ballot, the town clerk must begin making arrangements to have the absentee ballots for the election printed. September 15,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Sample absentee ballot available. A layout model of each different absentee ballot shall be available for public inspection at town clerk\'s office prior to printing. September 15,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Registration by mail-Election notice of acceptance or rejection to be sent within 4 days. When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 49th day before election and ending on the 21st day before election, registrar must send by first class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection within four days of receipt of application. September 20,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Overseas Ballot: Beginning this date, the election overseas ballot for the office of Presidential Electors, US Senator and Representative in Congress only is available from town clerk upon application properly made. September 24,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Absentee ballot: Printed absentee ballots for the election becomes available to electors on this Day. October 7,2016
Last date for the State to publish polling site locations: Polling Place: Last day for determining polling places for the election. Polling places may be changed after this date only if town clerk and registrars. October 7,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Registration by mail-Election notice of acceptance or rejection to be sent within 4 days. When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 49th day before election and ending on the 21st day before election, registrar must send by first class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection within four days of receipt of application. October 18,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Registration by mail: When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 201th day before election and ending on the 7th day before election, registrar much send by first-class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection on day of receipt of application. October 19,2016
Voter Registration Begins: Saturday of third week before election day registration session in all towns. Hours 10 am-2pm. October 22,2016
Candidate Ballot Access - Write-In candidates ballot access deadline: Write-In registration: Last day that write-in candidates for any office being contested at election may register with Secretary of the State by 4:00 pm. October 25,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for registrars to receive MAIL IN applications for registration to vote in the General Election November 1,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Deadline for municipal clerk to receive mailed absentee ballots. Note: If absentee ballot is returned in person by the applicant it must be returned by the day before the election. (Nov. 7) November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: Overseas ballots may be issued up to the close of the polls. However, they must be received by town clerk by close of the polls on election day in order to be cast. November 8,2016
Voter Registration deadline - In Person: Last day for eligible citizens to register to vote in the General election. Note: Election day registration must be done at designated EDR locations. November 8,2016
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Time Off For Voting:

No specific law requiring time off to vote

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

CONNECTICUT: Yes

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.

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