It goes without saying that this year has been far from easy. Thankfully, when it comes to our voice at the ballot box, Connecticut has taken steps to ensure every citizen has an easy avenue to vote. Here we will explore the steps and options for voting in Connecticut in 2020.
- First and foremost, are you registered to vote? Find out HERE!
- Not registered to vote? Register to vote HERE.
Now that you’re registered, let’s explore your voting options. In the upcoming November 3rd election, EVERY Connecticut resident can vote by:
- In-person voting on November 3rd at your polling location
- Absentee ballot (also called mail-in ballot) sent and received by 8pm on November 3rd
Option 1: In-Person Voting
Your first option of voting in-person is a classic option. You can get your “I Voted” sticker and post your selfie.
Option 2: Voting by Absentee Ballot (Voting by Mail):
Clearly, the unique aspect of this election is that we are in the midst of a pandemic. For those of you who don’t want to go to the polls in-person due to COVID-19, you can vote via an absentee ballot (vote by mail).
- Step 1: Fill out an absentee ballot application*
- Step 2: Return your absentee ballot application by using the safe and secure absentee ballot drop box that is stationed outside your Town Hall, or mail directly to your Town Clerk.
- Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot via mail (ballots will be sent out starting on October 2nd)
- Step 4: Complete the ballot, carefully following the instructions that are included and return it by mail or in person. Important to note: Your ballot must be received before 8pm on November 3rd.
*Absentee ballot applications are being sent to every registered voter and include a postage-paid return envelope. Or you can use the application via the above link.
There you have it! The ins and outs of voting in Connecticut in 2020 at your fingertips. For more information about voting in Connecticut you are encouraged to visit the Secretary of the State of Connecticut’s website.
Jesse Imse is the Vice Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee. Want to learn more about joining this HYPE volunteer committee? Email Jesse for more information!