The following is summarized from the websites of the Connecticut General Assembly (www.cga.ct.gov/), the Office of the State of Connecticut Secretary of the State (https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS) and Project Vote Smart (https://votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration/CT#.VVySqU1FDcs)
Voter registration is administered through the Office of the Secretary of the State.
Registration is necessary to vote in local, state and national elections. Voter registration application forms can be obtained from the Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk at any town/city hall in Connecticut. Registration can be done in person or by mail-in application. Forms may also be obtained at public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agency offices, and on the Secretary of State’s website: (https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voter-Registration-Information) In-person registration must be done by noon on the last business day before a primary and by the 7th day before an election. Mailed applications must be postmarked at least 5 days before a primary and 7 days before an election.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
Any U.S. citizen living in Connecticut and will be at least 18 years old by the day of an election may register to vote. Anyone with a temporary or permanent physical disability can have an application mailed to them or request a Registrar visit at their residence. A registered voter who is unable to vote in person may request an absentee ballot.
Voters must enroll with a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary. A party affiliation can be designated with registration. Voters who wish to change or drop their party affiliation can do so by notifying the Registrar. A U.S. citizen who is not registered may obtain a Presidential Ballot just to vote for President/Vice President from the Registrar or Town Clerk.
EXCEPTION TO DEADLINE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Voter Registration Offices
SOURCES: Connecticut Judicial Law Librarie’s website; Project Vote Smart website; Secretary of the State, Connecticut website
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: May2018