HARTFORD, Conn — Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
The officials are reminding voters who are submitting absentee ballots, that they should be returned to their completed ballot either in-person or at a drop box location by 8 p.m. on November 3 in order for their vote to be counted in this year’s election.
This page features key dates for the voting process in Connecticut. You will also find the latest results on the FOX61 Elections page on Election Night. Scroll to the bottom to see a sample of your ballot.
Are you registered to vote?
Voters can check their registration status at Myvote.ct.gov
Head here for Election Day registration locations.
Is a driver's license or photo ID required to vote in Connecticut and does my ID need to have the address printed on it?
- More detailed information on Voter ID can be found here. Here are the highlights:
- 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 than 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. A Social Security card; or any pre-printed form of ID with a photograph or name and signature, or name and address is valid.
- 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.
- Does my ID need to have the address printed on it? No. If your ID includes a photo, it does not need to include your address.
Absentee Ballots mailed out on Friday, October 2
Connecticut law says absentee ballots can only be distributed after October 2.
Due to the small amount of time between October 2 and November 3, the Secretary of the State’s office said it is imperative that voters return their applications and their ballots as soon as possible. “Returning the applications and the ballots early will make it easier for the town clerks to do the work that is necessary to process all of the applications and the ballots.”
“If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, please return your application as soon as you can to relieve the burden on the local election officials who process them,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. “By law, the ballots themselves cannot be mailed out before October 2nd, so please return them as soon as possible as well, as they must be received by 8:00pm on Election Day. And use the secure ballot drop boxes in your town to ensure that they are received on time!”
Each town and city has secure ballot drop boxes set up where voters can drop the completed ballots. Contact the Town Clerk for the location of the drop off box. Most are in front of town hall.
Voters may also return them by mail. All absentee ballots must be received by Election Day.
Officials said, “Given the well-publicized problems with the United States Postal Service, Secretary Merrill is encouraging voters to use the secure ballot drop boxes to return their absentee ballot applications and the ballot themselves, in order to be sure that all critical mailings are received in a timely fashion. The USPS has made clear that they are not a reliable method for delivering election mail; the ballot drop boxes are and should be used to deliver the absentee ballot applications and the absentee ballots themselves back to the towns.”
The Secretary of the State’s office has ordered 50 additional secure ballot drop boxes to be distributed to the towns that need them and to be installed in secure locations convenient to voters aside from town halls.
Voter Registration Cut-off:
The deadline to register online and by mail was October 27.
Voters can register in-person on election day at their town's election day registration center (all or almost all are in town halls.)
More information can be found at myvote.ct.gov.
Election Day November 3
Voters can still vote in person if they have not voted already by absentee ballot. If you have submitted an absentee ballot and it has been accepted, your name will not appear on the voter lists supplied to the poll workers.
Officials said, “Connecticut law only allows the counting of ballots that have arrived by the close of polls, 8:00pm on Election Day November 3rd, so returning ballots early and not relying on the post office are the best way for voters to ensure that their votes are counted and their voices heard.”
Eligible voters who aren't registered can register and vote in-person on election day at their town's election day registration center (all or almost all are in town halls).
VIEW A SAMPLE OF YOUR BALLOT
Find your town name below to see a sample ballot provided by the Connecticut Secretary of the State's office.