Absentee Balloting in Connecticut

Absentee Ballots can be used by any voter for the November 2, 2021 election.

You may APPLY for an absentee ballot now. The ballots themselves will be available (with the final list of candidates) by October 1.

Every voter in CT may use an Absentee Ballot. Follow the process outlined below.

If you do not wish to vote by Absentee Ballot, polling places will be open normally. You may vote in person, taking all necessary precautions, during regular voting hours on between 6 AM and 8 PM. Look up your polling place here.

To vote via Absentee Ballot:

Note: If your Town Hall is open, you may go to the Town Clerk’s office, and do all of these steps in-person to cast an absentee ballot before Election Day. Your Town Clerk will give you an application to fill out. If ballots are available (after Oct. 12), the Clerk’s office will confirm your eligibility and hand you the ballot, which you can fill out right then, seal, sign, and return to the Clerk. It takes about 10 minutes, no mailing. You may also mail in your ballot or use the special Absentee Ballot drop box.

STEP 1: Get Your Ballot

You may request an absentee ballot by clicking here. Or, use these links  to download an application:

Absentee Ballot applications:
[Application in English]
[Application in Spanish; Aplicación en Español]
[List of Clerk addresses and contact info: Lista de direcciones

Fill out the application completely. Check the COVID-19 box if that’s the reason and sign the application. Mail it to your Town Clerk (addresses are at the link above).

Step 2: Vote

Your Absentee Ballot will be mailed to you. When you get the Ballot, fill it out and return it.

The ballot comes with two envelopes: the inner envelope and the outer envelope.

Mark your ballot using a black pen.

Place the marked ballot into the INNER envelope. SIGN, DATE, and SEAL the inner envelope.

Place the inner envelope into the OUTER envelope (the mailing envelope), being sure that it’s addressed to you Town Clerk. Seal the outer envelope.

You may deliver a completed ballot to the Drop Box located outside your Town or City Hall. You may mail in your completed ballot, but please use the drop box if you can.

Please be sure:
✅ ONE Ballot per envelope
✅ SIGN, DATE, AND SEAL the inner envelope
✅ Make sure it ARRIVES at your Town Clerk by Election Day

We recommend using the Official Ballot Drop Box if you are able. The Drop Box should be outside your Town or City Hall. It looks like this:

Ballot Dropbox Photo Ballot Dropbox Photo

Make sure of the following to ensure your ballot is counted:

  • Put only one ballot per envelope
  • Make sure to sign and seal the inner envelope, and put your ballot in that envelope
  • Mark your ballot carefully – completely fill in the bubble next to your candidate’s name, and don’t make any extraneous marks or notes on the ballot
  • Keep your eye on the calendar and get that ballot in on time!

For more information see: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting

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