Are you registered to vote? Are you eligible to vote by mail? What are the deadlines? Get answers with this handy FAQ!
September 1, 2020
Am I Registered?
To see if you’re already registered to vote, use Connecticut’s official voter lookup tool.
Vote by Absentee Ballot
For more information about absentee voting, and to see if you’re eligible, visit the official Absentee Voting page.
You must be registered to vote in order to apply for an absentee ballot.
The Secretary of the State is mailing an absentee ballot application to all Connecticut registered voters. Fill out the application, place it in the prepaid mailing envelope, and either place it in a secure drop box located outside Town Hall, or mail it in.
To check if your absentee ballot application has been processed, use the official voter lookup tool.
Your ballot will arrive by mail. Your ballot package has 3 pieces: the ballot, an inner envelope, and outer envelope with prepaid postage. On your ballot, vote by filling in the oval next to your choice using a black pen. Put your ballot into the inner envelope, seal it, then sign and date the outside of the envelope. Place into the larger outer envelope with the Town Clerk address showing.
Place your ballot package into the secure ballot box outside Town Hall or mail it in. The box is labeled “Official Ballot Drop Box” and is located in front of Town Hall (see photo below). You can submit your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it. All ballots must be received by the Town Clerk or placed in the ballot box 8:00 pm on Election Day.
It is strongly suggested to use the Official Ballot Drop Box located outside Berlin Town Hall:
Vote in Person
Where do I vote?
To find your polling location, use Connecticut’s official voter lookup tool.
Polls in Connecticut are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Any elector standing in line at the polls at 8:00 pm will be allowed to cast a vote.
Don’t end up at the wrong place! Look up your polling location before you leave.
Do I need a driver’s license or photo ID?
No. When you arrive at the polling place the poll worker will request that you present ID. There are several options for identification and they do not need to be a driver’s license or have a photo. If you do not have ID, you may sign an affidavit in lieu of presenting ID.
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to sign an affidavit instead and then vote normally. If you’re a first-time voter without ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.
First-time voters who registered by mail: You will need to show proof of residence as well. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
What happens if I am not on the list of registered voters at the polling place?
Connecticut has Election Day Registration on Election Day itself for voters who need it. Election Day Registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated Election Day Registration location in each town. You must be registered by 8:00 pm in order to vote. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency. Contact Town Hall for more information.
Election Day Registration is not meant to replace the voter registration process, but to ensure that everyone has a chance to vote. Please do not rely on Election Day Registration. Take a moment to register online now.
Am I eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote if you can answer “yes” to all three of these questions:
- Are you at least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day?
- Are you a United States citizen living in Connecticut?
- If you have been convicted of a felony, have you completed confinement and parole? More details
What if I moved recently?
Your voter registration should always reflect your current home address. If you moved to Connecticut from another state, if you moved to a different town within Connecticut, or even if you moved within the same town, your polling location may have changed.
If you plan on voting in person, make sure you’ve updated your voter registration.
What if I am a student?
If you are a college student living away from home, you may choose to vote in one of two ways:
- Complete an absentee ballot for the election in your home town
- Register to vote in your college town
What if I am in the military or living overseas?
You are still eligible to vote. Visit the Office of the Secretary of State Military and Overseas Voters page for more information.
Become a Poll Worker
The Office of the Secretary of State is seeking volunteer assistance for upcoming elections. There are two opportunities: poll workers and office workers. Learn more about polling opportunities.
Voter Information from the Office of the Secretary of State