How to register to vote in Connecticut on National Voter Registration Day

A Stamford resident votes at Our Lady Star of the Sea, the District 1 polling center, in Stamford, Conn. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.

A Stamford resident votes at Our Lady Star of the Sea, the District 1 polling center, in Stamford, Conn. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.

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Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, a holiday aimed at raising awareness of voting registration and the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Across social media and other platforms, influencers, brands and public figures are getting the word out to remind people to sign up to vote ahead of November. 

In Connecticut, the upcoming election is headlined by the race for governor between the incumbent Gov. Ned Lamont, and his opponent, Bob Stefanowski. The two previously squared off in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Other statewide races of note in November include seats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. 

Scroll below to see what you need to do to make sure your voter registration is up-to-date ahead of the general election.

How can I register to vote in Connecticut?

Connecticut allows for prospective voters to utilize its online voter registration system if you have a CT DMV ID. Prospective voters can also print out and mail in their voter registration form to their town's Registrar of Voters. A complete list of those registrars can be found here. Mailed in applications must be postmarked or received at least seven days before an election. 

The state also has Election Day Registration, which "permits anyone to register and vote in person on Election Day who meets the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and is not already registered, OR is registered in one town but has moved to another town."

Who can register to vote?

The following prerequisites must be met in order to register to vote in Connecticut:

  • Be a resident of the United States
  • Be a resident in Connecticut and of the town where you are wishing to vote
  • If you are 17, but turn 18 on or before Election Day. Those who are 17, but turn 18 on or before Election Day, are allowed to vote in the general primary
  • Have completed confinement if previously convicted of a felony, and have had your voting rights restored

What if I've moved within Connecticut? How do I change my voting registration?

If you've moved and need to change your voter registration, you can use any of the methods mentioned in the answer above regarding registration in Connecticut. 

How do I know if I'm already registered to vote?

Voters can use Connecticut's voter lookup tool to see if they're registered the vote. The tool also allows voters to see where their polling location is.

What if I am a college student living in Connecticut?

Those residing at a Connecticut college have two options for voting: register to vote in the town where your college is located or fill out an absentee ballot and mail it to your town. 

What if I am in the military or oversees?

Voters in the military or oversees can request an absentee ballot application ahead of an election. They can also sign up for a Federal Post Card Application, which is good for both the "primary and general election ballots for the year."

What if I don't have a permanent address? Can I still vote?

Yes, you can. In the state of Connecticut, "an individual is a resident of a town if they have some nexus to that particular town, and there is an intention to return to that town when absent from it.  This could be some town that you have spent time in, slept in and intend to go back to even if you are not presently there." You will still need to register to vote and provide identification when voting.

What is an acceptable form of ID when I vote?

Contrary to popular belief, photo identification is not required when voting. You will just need some form of identification that shows: name and address, or name and signature, or, name and photograph.

What are some upcoming election-related dates that I should be aware of?

  • Nov. 1: Voting registration deadline (mail or online)
  • Nov. 7: Absentee ballot request deadline
  • Nov. 8: Election Day, absentee ballot return deadline (in-person or received by), Election Day Registration