Connecticut voters go to the polls on Tuesday November 6, 2018 to vote for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, secretary of the state, treasurer, one of two U.S. Senators, all five Connecticut members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and all 187 members of the state General Assembly.
Where Do You Vote?
Use the Secretary of State's online locator to find your local polling place.
Connecticut polling places are open from 6 am to 8 pm on Election Day (November 6, 2016). Any voter standing in line at the polls at 8 pm will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Voters in Connecticut have certain rights—know what your rights are before you vote.
Voter ID Requirements
You will be asked to provide identification when checking in at your polling place before you vote.
If you're a first time voter, you must present current valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address; or cast a provisional vote.
All other voters must present their social security card or any pre-printed identification showing name and address; or name and signature; or name and photograph. If you cannot present identification, you can sign a statement acknowledging your identity.
How Do You Vote?
An optical scan machine is used by most in-person voters.
A vote-by-phone option is available at every polling place for voters with disabilities or for any voter who prefers this option.
Connecticut has strict laws regarding who can vote by absentee ballot. If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, you are eligible to case an absentee ballot:
- Are you an active member of the armed forces of the United States?
- Will you be out of town during all the hours of voting on Election Day?
- Does illness prevent you from voting in person on Election Day?
- Do your religious beliefs prevent you from performing secular activities like voting on Election Day?
- Will you be performing duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours of voting on Election Day?
- Do you have a physical disability that prevents you from voting in person on Election Day?
If you want to cast an absentee ballot for the November 6 general election, download, complete, and submit an application.
You should return your completed absentee ballot application to the municipal clerk in the town in which you are a registered voter in Connecticut.
You can return your completed application by fax or email as long as you return the original completed and signed application with your voted ballot by the close of the polls on Election Day.
Absentee ballots will be mailed to approved applicants between three weeks and 90 days prior to the date of the election.
Military and Overseas Voters
Military and overseas voters can request an absentee ballot by using:
- State of Connecticut Absentee Ballot Application
- Federal Post Card Application. One FPCA will suffice for both primary and general election ballots for the year. When you receive your absentee ballot, cast your vote(s) and return the ballot without delay.
Please be sure to note on either application your preferred method of ballot delivery (electronic or by standard mail). If you request a ballot to be sent electronically, please be sure to provide a valid email address on your application.
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot is a back-up ballot that can be used by Uniformed Services members on active duty, members of the merchant marine, and their spouses or dependents which applies to general elections for Federal offices.
If you applied for a regular ballot form your local election officials and do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.
Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Connecticut no later than the close of polls on Election Day.