CONNECTICUT

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 7 days before Election Day
  • Election Day registration is available at certain locations. Locations can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. Bring proper ID if you register on Election Day.
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: August 9, 2018 online or by mail. Register in person by August 13 or on Election Day.
  • Primary Election: August 14, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 30, 2018. Register in person through Election Day.
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

  • If you register in person, you will be asked to show your birth certificate, driver’s license, or Social Security card. If you do not have one of these, you may provide other proof of identity and residency that the elections official deems satisfactory or have another registered voter swear to your identity, place of birth, age, and residence.
  • Additionally, Connecticut’s voter registration form asks for your Connecticut driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All registered voters are asked to present a form of ID when voting in person on Election Day. You can show:

  • Social Security card, or
  • Any pre-printed ID that shows lists your name and either your picture, address, or signature.
    • This includes your student ID

If you do not have an acceptable ID, you may sign an affidavit affirming your identity.

First time voters who did not provide a CT driver’s license or ID number or last four digits of the social security number may need to show photo ID or official document with name and current address.

If you register to vote on Election Day must provide proof of identity and residency, such as a student ID card and a utility bill or tuition statement that lists your name and Connecticut address. Contact your local Registrar of Voters office to make sure you bring proper ID with you.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • You may vote by an absentee ballot only if you will be unable to appear at your polling place on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
    • Active service in the U.S. armed forces;
    • Absence from town during all the hours of voting;
    • Illness;
    • Physical disability;
    • Your religion forbids secular (non-religious) activity on that day; or
    • Working at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on that day.

Absentee ballot request forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Absentee ballots may be requested up to the day before the election. If submitting your request by mail make sure to leave plenty of time for your request to be received, for your absentee ballot to be mailed to you, and for you to return your completed ballot by mail.

Mailed completed absentee ballots must be received by the clerk by the close of the polls on Election Day or returned in person by the day before the election.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Connecticut affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Connecticut legal professional.

Last updated June 2018