Connecticut

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


NEW! Yes, Connecticut will automatically mail an application to every registered voter. Make sure to look for it, complete it, and send it back as soon as it arrives. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


You may vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut if:

  • For the November 2020 Election, all voters may check the box on the application to indicate they would like to vote absentee due to concerns over COVID-19.
  • You will be absent from town during all the hours of voting
  • You have an illness which prevents you from voting in person
  • You have a physical disability which prevents you from voting in person
  • You are on active duty within the US military
  • Your religious tenets forbid secular (non-religious) activity on Election Day
  • You are required to perform of duties as a primary, referendum, or election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours of voting on Election Day




Application form link:


The state will automatically mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter. But you don't have to wait. You may apply now. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Absentee-Ballot-Application-ED-3/ED-3-Rev-20-Final.pdf




Where should I send my completed application?


Return by mail or in person to your town clerk's office: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received 1 day before Election Day. (November 2, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 27.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be received by Election Day. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


Voters can return the ballot via the secure drop box that the Office of the Secretary of the State has provided to each town. The secure drop box will likely be located outside of the town hall. Check with your local election office for availability and exact locations. You may not drop your ballot at at polling site.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


There is not an electronic way to track your ballot. You may call your county election office and ask them to verify your ballot was received. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


No.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/Town-Clerk/Town-Clerks-List-8620.pdf