Register to Vote

Voting Eligibility

Check your registration status and polling place

Register to vote online (need CT DMV ID)

Register to vote in person: Submit a voter registration card to the Registrar of Voters at Town Hall by October 27. Election Day Registration is also available at Town Hall, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on November 3. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Connecticut Secretary of State Fact Sheet for First-Time Voters

Important Dates

October 2: Ballots available

October 27: Voter registration deadline: online until 11:59 p.m., mail postmark deadline, in-person deadline

November 3: General Election. Polls open 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by 8:00 p.m.
Same-day registration available at Town Hall from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sample Ballot

There is no law in Connecticut that employers need to provide their employees with time off to vote. Employers in CT can insist that employees vote during non-working hours. If you need to vote during your hours of employment, arrange work coverage well in advance OR vote by absentee ballot.

Absentee Ballot Information

Registered voters have been mailed an application for an absentee ballot.

The Secretary of State advises to return your application for an absentee ballot as soon as you can to relieve the burden on the local election officials who process them. You can either return your application by using the official, secure absentee ballot drop box outside of Town Hall or mail it directly to the Town Clerk using the postage-paid envelope included in the mailing or your own envelope with postage. If you have any questions, you can call the Town Clerk at 203-775-7313 for more information.

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

Candidates

Listed in alphabetical order.

President
Joe Biden, Democratic Party: Campaign website
Howie Hawkins, Green Party: Campaign website
Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party: Campaign website
Donald J. Trump, Republican Party: Campaign website (incumbent)

U.S. House of Representatives
Jahana Hayes, Democratic Party and Working Families Party: Campaign website (incumbent)
Bruce Walczak, Independent Party
David Xavier Sullivan, Republican Party: Campaign website

Local Candidates for State Legislature

State Representative
Kerri Colombo, Democratic Party: Campaign website
Stephen G. Harding, Republican Party: Campaign website (incumbent)

State Senator

David Gronbach, Democratic Party: Campaign website
Craig Miner, Republican Party: Campaign website (incumbent)

Debates

President
September 29, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)

October 22, 2020, 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EST at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee): Most major news stations will air this debate. It will also be live streamed online at C-SPAN.org and on C-SPAN’s YouTube account.

Vice President

October 7, 2020 at The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Research the Stances of the Candidates

Vote411: Voters’ guide from the League of Women Voters that allows you to type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Compare candidates’ positions side by side.

Open States “aggregates legislative information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.” Users can enter their address to find out who represents them in their state legislature, what bills their reps have sponsored and how they’ve voted.

ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom has an online tool called Represent where you can learn about your Senators and House Representative—which bills they’ve sponsored, how they’ve voted (and how often against their party), statements they’ve released, and more.

Voterly is a fact-based, nonpartisan website aimed at helping voters make informed decisions. It maintains a database of over 150,000 politicians at the federal, state and local levels including their educational backgrounds, past political offices held and other employment history.

Government Sites

Federal Election Commission: Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

Federal Voting Assistance Program: Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Presidential Election Process: Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons.

Fact Checking

Tips for searching fact-checking sites: Find the latest news items on the home page or What’s New section. When searching via the search box, for best results type in one or two keywords, nothing too lengthy or specific.

Annenberg Political Fact Check: Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”

Center for Public Integrity: A well-documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

Newsguard: Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a   hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Politifact:  A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

Snopes: The oldest and largest fact-checking site online; an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group. Includes a “What’s New” section for the latest stories. Search box best used for one or two keywords. Option to submit items for consideration for the site to fact check.

Political Parties

Listed in alphabetical order.

Democratic Party: National | Connecticut | Brookfield

Green Party: National | Connecticut | Fairfield County

Libertarian Party: National | Connecticut | Housatonic Valley

Republican Party: National | Connecticut | Brookfield