What You Need to Know About Voting
Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022
- Voting gives you power
- Voting is a way to make your voice heard
- Voting is a way to bring about change
This Election Day, Nov. 8th, you will be voting for Members of Congress – representatives and senators – as well as state and local officials. In Connecticut, you will also be voting on a proposal to allow early voting in-person. Currently, Connecticut is one of only six states that does not allow early voting in-person before Election Day. If the proposal passes, the state legislature will establish how early voting will work – but first, it needs to be approved by Connecticut’s voters. The question on the ballot will read, “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?”
VOTE! You have the power to make a difference.
Here is some information from the CT Office of the Secretary of State and the League of Women Voters of CT to help you ensure that your vote is counted.
You must be registered by Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 to vote
You only need to register once unless you move to a new town.
How do I know if I am eligible to vote in CT? You are eligible to vote if:
- You are at least 17 and turning 18 on or before Election Day
- You are a United States citizen
- You are living in Connecticut
- If you have been convicted of a felony and you completed confinement and parole, and, if applicable, paid all fines in connection with your conviction
How can I find out if I’m registered to vote in CT?
Click on https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx to find out if you are registered and, if you are, where you vote.
How do I register to vote in CT?
You can register online – you need a CT driver’s license or state ID: https://voterregistration.ct.gov
You may also click here to print out a voter registration form. Complete it and return it to your local Registrar of Voters.
I am a student. Where should I register to vote?
You can register to vote in the town where you go to school if you live there. Or, if you want to vote from your “home” address, you can get an absentee ballot from your home state. But you can’t do both. For more information check: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Student-Voter-Fact-Sheet
If I registered a couple of years ago, do I need to re-register to vote?
You only need to re-register to vote if you moved to a new town within Connecticut or a new state. You will need to update your registration if you moved within your town and/or changed your name. You can make these changes online.
What if I forget to register to vote?
Although the deadline to register to vote is November 1st, Connecticut allows Election Day Registration (EDR) during general elections. Most Election Day voter registration locations will be different from your polling place. It is more complicated. Check here for more information:
Do I have to register for a party to vote?
No, you do not have to register for a party to vote in a General Election. You only have to register for a party if you want to vote in a primary.
How Do I Vote?
- You can vote in-person:
When you register to vote you will be assigned a polling place based on where you live. Polls in CT are open from 6 am – 8 pm on Election Day.
You can check to find out where your polling place is: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx.
- Or, you can vote by absentee ballot:
If you cannot vote in person, you can vote by absentee ballot. You need to apply for an absentee ballot. You can apply online: portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting.
Follow the instructions about completing your absentee ballot carefully. When you are finished, mail it to the town clerk where you live. Make sure to give plenty of time (at least one week or more) for it to get to the town clerk. The ballot must be received by 8 pm on Election Day. For more information on absentee ballots: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting
Your vote counts!
As a voter, you have the power to make a difference.
For more information on voter registration and voting, contact the Office of the Secretary of State, CT: https://portal.ct.gov/sots
Sources: Connecticut Office of Secretary of State; League of Women Voters of CT
Prepared by: Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT