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
- 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
- Download and fill out the Connecticut absentee ballot application.
- Sign and date your form.
- 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.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 1 day before Election Day.
- 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
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- 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.
- 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.