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 August 2020 primary, the governor has issued an executive order 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 primary by the end of June.
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,
Connecticut Secretary of the State
COVID-19 General Information
Primary Election Day is August 11, 2020 for both parties' Presidential Primaries and for Connecticut State and Federal Offices. The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3, 2020.
General voting information: myvote.ct.gov
2020 Plan for Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections: myvote.ct.gov/2020plan
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Voting by Absentee Ballot
All voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential and state primary held on August 11, 2020 due to the COVID-19, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order 7QQ. More information can be found at myvote.ct.gov/absentee or below.
Each town will have at least one secure 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 Primary Election Day, August 11, 2020.
Absentee Ballot Application - English
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 .
Find your polling place: myvote.ct.gov/lookup
CDC Polling Place guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html
More information on the Safe Polls Plan can be found here: myvote.ct.gov/2020polls
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 myvote.ct.gov/petitions