Registering to Vote in Connecticut
Every state in the US has a different set of rules and prerequisites to registering to vote, which can be confusing sometimes, especially for a first-time voter. Everything that an applicant must know is explained here.
Requirements to vote in Connecticut:
All applicants must register to vote, fulfill the following criteria –1. Be a citizen of the United States.
2. Reside in a Connecticut town.
3. Be at least 18 years old on election day.
4. If convicted of a disfranchising felony in the past, have completed the parole period and confinement by Election Day.
5. Not be declared mentally incompetent to vote by a court of law.
6. To have registered to vote.
As with all states, registration can be done online, through the mail, or in person.
Online registration in Connecticut:
Registering online takes just a few minutes, and is the easiest way to express. The websites through which it can be done are-
Applicants are required to fill necessary information about themselves, including their mailing address and driver's license or social security number.
Registering by mail in Connecticut:
There are two forms available for applicants-1. The National Mail Voter Registration Form (found on the website https://www.eac.gov/voters/national-mail-voter-registration-form/). The structure has state-specific instructions for Connecticut specified on page 5.
2. The State of Connecticut Mail-in Voter Registration Form (available at https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Register-to-Vote/Voter-Registration-Application-English-and-Spanish).
The details to be filled in are, again, basic information about the applicant with and an ID number. The form must be filled out by hand or on a computer, and mailed to the address-
Secretary of State
30 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106
It is recommended that a first-class stamp is sent with the form, enclosed in an envelope to ensure it reaches the Elections Division intact.
Registering in person in Connecticut:
An applicant can register in person in the following ways-1. Filling a paper registration application, signing and submitting it at the local Registrar of Voters.
2. You are registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license.
3. Connecticut also facilitates registration on the day of the election, at the Election Day Registration location in each town.
The deadline for all these registration methods (except for when registering on the day of the elections) is seven days before Election Day.
After voter registration:
The applicant must receive a confirmation within three weeks of submitting the registration form. This confirmation is sent out after the Registrar of Voters approves the application, without which the applicant is not considered a voter. The status of applications can be checked at www.myvote.ct.gov. The site also has a polling place locator to enable voters to know the location of their polling place.
General instructions for voting in Connecticut:
The Registrar of Voters is to be contacted in case of any trouble with registering.
A new registration form must be filled if the voter moves to a new town.
When a voter checks in at a polling place for the first time, they need to present the right ID. A photo ID is not required, but it must have either the name and address, the name and signature, or the name and photograph. Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm. If the voter is in line at 8 pm, they have the right to cast a ballot. If, however, the person is in line for registration at 8 pm on Election Day, they have lost the right to vote.