Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You need to be a resident of the town in which you want to register.
  • You can't have been legally declared mentally incompetent.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Connecticut, please contact:

Legislation and Elections Administration Division: (860)-509-6100 or (800)-540-3764;

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 14 days before Election Day.
  • In person: seven days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Connecticut law, if you've been convicted of a felony, you may register and vote once you've been discharged from confinement (including incarceration or a community residence) and parole and paid all related fines. You may vote if you are on probation. For more information on how to register and vote after a felony conviction, visit the Connecticut Secretary of State's website, or give them a call at 860-509-6100.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Connecticut who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Connecticut resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Connecticut says about residency: You can vote in Connecticut as long as you are a "bona fide" resident of the town in which you wish to register. You are a "bona fide" resident if your "dwelling unit is located within the geographic boundaries of [the] town." You need to have the intent to remain indefinitely, but not permanently.
  • If you determine you're a Connecticut resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Connecticut residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Here is what you need to bring in Connecticut:
  • A form of ID or a document that has your name AND either your signature, or your address, or your photo. Photo ID is not required.
First-time voters who registered by mail may need to show:
  • A valid photo ID that shows your name and address, or
  • A document such as a current utility bill or bank statement that shows your name and address

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

If you can't make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early by absentee ballot if you are unable to make it to the polling place due to ANY ONE of the following:

  • Active service in the U.S. armed forces, or
  • Absence from your town during all the hours of voting, or
  • Illness, or
  • Physical disability, or
  • Your religion forbids secular activity on that day, or
  • Your duties as an election official at another polling place
You can request your absentee ballot up until the day before the election, and it must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day whether mailed or submitted in person by an immediate family member.

Find out more from the Secretary of State's office.

Secretary of State