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Connecticut absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In Connecticut, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

For the August 11th election, all registered voters will receive an application for absentee ballots. All postage will be paid for by the Office of the Secretary.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 1 day before Election Day
  • Online:
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Received by Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut

For the August 2020 Presidential and State Primary, all voters can vote by absentee due to the COVID-19 virus, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order No. 7QQ. If you are requesting an absentee ballot due to COVID-19, you must check the "My Illness" excuse in the absentee request form.

Otherwise, you may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in Connecticut if:

  • You will be absent from town during all the hours of voting
  • You are ill
  • You have a physical disability which makes it difficult for you to get to the polls
  • You are active duty within the US military
  • Your religious tenets forbid secular (non-religious) activity on Election Day
  • Your required performance of duties as a primary, referendum, or election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on Election Day

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Connecticut absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 1 day before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be received by Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Connecticut.