Do You Have Questions About Voting in CT?
Voting is critical but a little more complicated this year due to Covid19. In order to ensure your safety and privacy – and most importantly, that your vote counts – here is some information from the CT Office of the Secretary of State and the League of Women Voters of CT to help you.
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – deadline to register to vote (online or with a registration card)
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Election Day. Polls are open from 6 am – 8 pm.
How do I know if I am eligible to vote in CT? You are eligible to vote if:
- You are at least 17 and turning 18 on or before Election Day
- You are a United States Citizen
- You are living in Connecticut
- If you have been convicted of a felony and you completed confinement and parole, and, if applicable, paid all fines in connection with your conviction.
How can I find out if I’m registered to vote in CT?
Click on https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx to find out if you are registered and, if you are, where you vote.
How do I register to vote in CT?
You can register online – you need a CT driver’s license or state ID: https://voterregistration.ct.gov
You can also fill out a paper registration card. You can find registration cards by the Welcome Desk in Lafayette Hall and by the security desk in the lobby of Beacon Hall. Be sure to put your phone number and the last four digits of your social security number or your driver’s license number on the voter registration card and sign it.
When you complete the registration card, you can drop it off at the secure box by the Welcome Desk or mail it to the Registrar of Voters in the town where you live. Click here to find your town's Registrar of Voters.
You may also click here to print out a voter registration form. Complete it and return it to your local Registrar of Voters.
I am a student. Where should I register to vote?
You can register to vote in the town where you go to school if you live there. Or, if you want to vote from your “home” address, you can get an absentee ballot from your home state. But you can’t do both. For more information check: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Student-Voter-Fact-Sheet
If I registered a couple of years ago, do I need to re-register to vote?
You only need to re-register to vote if you have changed your address or changed your name.
What if I forget to register to vote?
Although the deadline to register to vote is October 27th, Connecticut allows Election Day Registration (EDR) during general elections. Most Election Day voter registration locations will be different from your polling place. It is more complicated. Check here for more information:
Do I have to register for a party to vote?
No, you do not have to register for a party to vote in a General Election. You only have to register for a party if you want to vote in a primary.
How Do I Vote?
1) You can vote in-person:
When you register to vote you will be assigned a polling place based on where you live. You can check to find out where your polling place is: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx. Wear a mask and stay socially distant while waiting in line to vote.
2) Or, you can vote by absentee ballot:
This year, because of Covid19, all registered voters in CT will be mailed an application to vote by absentee ballot. (You don’t have to use it if you plan on voting in person.)
- When you receive your application for an absentee ballot, check off Covid19 as the reason for requesting it. Put your phone number on the application (so you can be reached in case there is a problem). Mail the application in the postage paid envelope provided as soon as possible; put your return address on the envelope.
- Absentee ballots will be mailed beginning October 2rd. If you applied for an absentee ballot but do not get it by mid-October, call your Town Clerk. Click here to find your town clerk: http://www.ctclerks.com/content/5645/5649/default.aspx.
- Read and mark your ballot carefully – you will not be able to get a new one if you make a mistake. Be sure to fill in the bubbles for your preferred candidates completely with a black or blue pen.
- Insert your completed ballot into the inner envelope and seal it.
- Date and sign the outside of the inner envelope. If the inner envelope is not signed, your ballot will NOT be counted.
- Place the inner envelope inside the postage paid outer mailing envelope.
- Put your return address on the envelope and seal it.
- Place your absentee ballot in the drop box outside the town hall or city hall where you live. (Bridgeport’s City Hall is located at 999 Broad St., very close to HCC.) If you mail it, give plenty of time (at least one week or more) for it to get to the town clerk.
- The ballot must be received by 8 pm on Election Day.
- If you change your mind about voting absentee, you MUST appear in person at the Town Clerk's office (where you live) before 10:00 AM on Election Day to retract your absentee ballot and vote in person.
- To check if your ballot has been received by the Town Clerk: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND THEN VOTE!
ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 3rd.
For more information on voter registration and voting, contact the Office of the Secretary of State, CT: https://portal.ct.gov/sots
Sources: Connecticut Office of Secretary of State; League of Women Voters of CT
Prepared by: Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT