In order to practice social distancing and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), public access to our building, 165 Capitol Avenue, will be restricted. Although in-person interactions will be limited, our office staff will be available via email as normal. For the Business Services Division email and for the Legislative & Elections Administration Division email We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to return to normal business as soon as the immediate threat to public health has subsided.

COVID-19 and Connecticut's 2020 Election

We are facing an unprecedented public health emergency and we cannot let COVID-19 threaten Connecticut's democracy. No one should have to choose between their health and their vote.

My office is working closely with the local elections officials in each town to ensure that our polling places will be as safe and healthy as they can possibly be under the circumstances, for voters and poll workers alike. Polling places will remain open in Connecticut, for all voters who choose to cast their ballots in person. We are working together to plan what safety, personal protective, and cleaning equipment will be necessary, as well as important social distancing requirements.

I am also fighting to expand every voter's access to receive an absentee ballot if they would like to avoid a potential unhealthy situation in a polling place.

For the November 2020 Election, the Legislature passed Public Act 20-03 July Spec. Sess. allowing all voters to vote by absentee ballot if they choose to because of COVID-19. My office will be sending absentee ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote in the election by Mid-September.

I have asked the legislature to make our absentee ballot statutes less restrictive, so that any voter who is worried about personal contact a polling place is able to cast a ballot from the safety of their own home in November as well.

We are preparing for an unprecedented number of absentee ballots in our presidential primary, our state primary, and our general election in November, and I will be working closely with the town clerks to make sure they have the resources and support they need . Working together, we can deliver the election that Connecticut voters deserve, despite the difficult circumstances.

Thank you to every local election official, every poll worker, and every voter who is working to figure out the best way to participate in our democracy in the face of a global health crisis. You are the reason why I am fighting so hard to make sure that every eligible Connecticut citizens can register, and every registered voter can easily vote.

Remember, your vote is your voice,

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Denise Merrill
Connecticut Secretary of the State

COVID-19 General Information

Election Day is November 3, 2020.

General voting information:

2020 Plan for Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections:

For election updates text VOTER to 474747

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Voting by Absentee Ballot

All voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the general election held on November 3, 2020 due to the COVID-19, pursuant to Public Act 20-03 July Spec. Sess. More information can be found at or below.

Each town will have at least one secure dropbox in which voters can drop off their absentee ballots if they choose not to enter town hall. Absentee ballots can also be mailed, but all absentee ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

Absentee Ballot Application - English

Absentee Ballot Application - Spanish

Absentee Ballot Fact Sheet 

Executive Order 7QQ - COVID-19 Petition Process


Voting in Person

All voters who choose to vote in person in a polling place will be able to do so. The Office of the Secretary of the State is working closely with local election officials to make sure they have the resources necessary to conduct elections that are safe for all voters and pollworkers.

Find your polling place:

CDC Polling Place guidelines:

More information on the Safe Polls Plan can be found here:

Changes to the Petitioning Process

COVID-19 has necessitated changes to the petition process for ballot access in the August primaries and the November general election. 

More information can be found at

Executive Order 7LL - COVID-19 Petition Process