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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Connecticut: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:45 AM ET

Important News

  • May 20, 2020 Official Update Absentee Voting Extended

    Governor Ned Lamont issued an Executive Order allowing all eligible Connecticut residents to vote absentee in the August 11 primary election. The Order states that any registered voter can apply for and cast an absentee ballot based on COVID-19 as long as there is no widely available vaccine at the time. 

  • April 17, 2020 Official Update Connecticut Changes Primary Election Date

    Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut’s primary election date will move for a second time and will now be held on August 11.

  • March 13, 2020 Connecticut Secretary of State Urges Governor to Allow All Eligible Voters to Vote Absentee

    Connecticut currently allows voters to obtain absentee ballots if they have an excuse, which could include illness. Prior to the change in the primary election date, Secretary of State Denise Merrill asked Governor Ned Lamont to issue an Executive Order stating that the illness exception could be used by any voter seeking to avoid in-person voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 4, 2020 Secretary of State Releases Election Plan

    Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced a plan to send absentee ballot applications to all eligible voters for the 2020 primary and general elections. The plan does not change eligibility for who can receive absentee ballots. Secure drop boxes will be provided to every municipality for voters to deposit absentee ballots. Prepaid postage will be provided to mail absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Thursday, August 6, 2020

    Primary Election Regular Voter Registration Deadline

    After this deadline, individuals can register in person up until noon the day before the primary election.

  2. Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Completed absentee ballots must be received before the polls close on Election Day.

  3. Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  4. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Regular Voter Registration Deadline

    In-person Election Day registration is available at a designated location in each town.

  5. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Completed absentee ballots must be received before the polls close on Election Day.

  6. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

cast an absentee ballot icon. How to cast an absentee ballot in Connecticut

Connecticut allows voters to cast an absentee ballot only under certain circumstances. The Governor has said that any registered voter can apply for and cast an absentee ballot for the August primary based on COVID-19 as long as there is no widely available vaccine at the time. If the Governor does not extend that interpretation for the general election, the Secretary of State's guidance that voters with underlying risk factors relevant to COVID-19 can request and receive an absentee ballot using the "his or her illness" reason will apply.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Connecticut

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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  • Speech buble with checkmark icon. Sign a Petition to Extend Absentee Voting for November

    Voter Choice CT is asking individuals to sign a petition to the governor requesting no-excuse absentee voting for all elections in 2020.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.