Voting is the civic right and
Here are a few things to know before you head out and vote.
1. Be sure you’re registered to vote!
Before you can even vote in the elections, you’ll need to register in person or online. In the state of Connecticut, if you miss the registration deadline, don’t worry—you can register the same day you plan to vote if you meet certain eligibility requirements. To avoid any complications, make sure you’re registered before.
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements from the secretary of the state.
- You are 17, but are turning 18 before Election Day
- You are a United States citizen living in CT
- If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed confinement and parole
Have you recently moved? Make sure to do the following.
- Update your voter registration to reflect your new address.
- New to CT from another state? Moved from a different town within CT, or even within the same town? Make sure your polling location hasn’t changed.
- Ensure your voter registration reflects your current home address.
Are you a student and would like to vote?
- If you are a college student living away from home, you may choose to vote in your college town
- You can complete an absentee ballot for the election in your hometown.
If you aren’t sure you’re currently registered to vote in the correct district, contact your local Registrar of Voters office for more information.
2. Understand when you can vote.
In the state of Connecticut, you’ll be able to vote at your designated polling spot on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Remember, any voter who is in line by 8:00 PM will still get the chance to vote. Every voter has rights in America, so be sure to read up on them and understand what you’re protected from.
Additionally, if you cannot physically vote in person due to a disability, service duty, or other legitimate reason, you can send in an absentee ballot to have your voice heard.
3. Understand where you can vote.
In the state of Connecticut, voters are grouped into “districts” based on their current address. Each district has its own voting location, so be sure to check your local town offices for more information, or find polling stations through an online locator.
4. Know who you can vote for.
During the municipal elections in Connecticut, you can vote for the following officials: First Selectman, Selectman, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Tax Collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Constables.To see who is running in your town or city, be sure to check out Connecticut’s sample voting ballots online.