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Everything you need to know about Connecticut’s primary election on August 11

Voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will choose candidates for the November election

HARTFORD, Conn — Voters who are registered as either Democrats or Republicans are eligible to vote in the state’s Primary on Tuesday, August 11. Voters will choose candidates that will run in the general election in November.  New and current voters had until August 6 to register or change your party affiliation by mail. However, for in person registrations or changes, you have until August 10 at noon.  

By now, voters should have received an application for an absentee ballot from the state. Every voter is eligible this year to vote via absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, a voter would need to be out of town or have a medical condition, but that requirement has been waived.

Voters should return the completed Absentee ballot to their Town Registrar of Voters, postmarked before August 11. Some towns have designated drop boxes for absentee ballots. They must be dropped off by 8pm August 11.

For real-time election results on August 11, click here

If you have not received an application for an absentee ballot

Check your registration here 

Contact the registrar of voters in your town or city to clear the issue up. Find your town’s registrar here 

  • You may not be registered as a Democrat or Republican
  • You may have moved and the information hasn’t caught up yet.
  • If you haven’t voted in several years, you may be on the inactive list.

Doing this now will insure that you are on the voting rolls for November as well.

 

If you want to register to vote or change your party affiliation: 

Application must be postmarked by the August 6. (OR received by your Registrar of Voters or a voter registration agency by August 6.  You may apply in person to your town clerk or registrar until 12:00 noon on the last business day before a primary.

 

Find your Registrar of Voters here

What happens to those absentee ballots?

All ballots must be received by the close of polls, 8:00pm on Election Day. 

When the Town Clerk receives the ballot, they check that the serial number and barcode match the voter who returned the ballot, and then they secure the absentee ballot, still sealed in its envelope, until Election Day.

For absentee ballots that are received prior to Election Day, the Town Clerks pre-mark the Election Day checklist to indicate that the voter returned an absentee ballot. Voters who return their absentee ballot prior to Election Day will not be allowed to vote in a polling place on Election Day.

If an absentee ballot arrives on Election Day, it is held until after 8:00pm when the absentee ballot is compared to the official Election Day checklist. If the voter who returned the absentee ballot on Election Day has voted in person in a polling place, the absentee ballot is not opened and is rejected. This procedure ensures that no voter can vote twice, even by mistake.

When the polls close on Election Day, the Town Clerks feed the ballots into the tabulators to be counted. Each town is able to report their results in separate totals for absentee ballots and for polling places.

From the State's website:

Absentee Ballot fact sheet

Where do I vote:

If you want to vote in person on August 11, contact your town’s registrar for the location or go here. Remember, voting locations change from year to year and where you always voted before may not be where you vote this year.

Hours of voting:

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.

 

Is a driver's license or photo ID required to vote in Connecticut?  

No. When you arrive at the polling place the poll worker will request that you present ID but if you do not have any then in most cases, you may sign an affidavit in lieu of presenting ID. There are several options for identification and they do not need to be a driver's license or have a photo.

Who is on the ballot?

Besides the presidential candidates there are primaries to choose candidates for U.S. Congressional races, State legislative races, a Judge of Probate and a registrar of voters race.

Who you see on the ballot will depend on where you live.

All Primary ballots are here  

 

Civil penalties in cases of fraud 

The State Elections Enforcement Commission may levy a civil penalty not to exceed $2,000 per offense against any person the commission finds to be in violation of any provision of state law regarding absentee voting (Chapter 145 of the Connecticut General Statutes).

Criminal penalties in cases of fraud

 A person who willfully violates any provision of Chapter 145 of the Connecticut General Statutes shall be guilty of a class D felony. Conviction of a class D felony shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of not less than one year nor more than five years, or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both. 

It is a class D felony: 

  • For any person not authorized by law to possess the official absentee ballot of an applicant to whom it was issued;
  • For any candidate or agent of a candidate, political party or committee to knowingly be present when absentee ballot applicant executes an absentee ballot; 
  • To commit a false statement in absentee balloting; 
  • To knowingly misrepresent the eligibility requirements to vote by absentee ballot.