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Early Voting (EV) is available in Connecticut for General Elections, most Primaries, Special Elections and Presidential Preference Primaries. EV is not available for Town Committee primaries or Town Referendum. The following outlines the dates and times for EV by election type. For specific dates and times for Early Voting, visit the Elections Coming Up page.  View Early Voting Information from Office of the Secretary of the State.

  • General Elections: 14 days long, beginning 15 days before the election and ending 2 days prior
    • Open daily, including weekends
    • Mondays – Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • Except the last Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • NOT OFFERED ON LEGAL STATE HOLIDAYS
  • Primaries (except for Presidential Preference Primaries): 7 days long, beginning 8 days before the election and ending 2 days prior
    • Open daily, including weekends
    • Mondays – Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • Except the last Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • NOT OFFERED ON LEGAL STATE HOLIDAYS
  • Presidential Preference Primaries: 4 days long, beginning 5 days before the election and ending 2 days prior
    • Open daily, weekdays and weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • NOT OFFERED ON LEGAL STATE HOLIDAYS
    • NOT OFFERED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024 and SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2024
  • Special Elections: 4 days long, beginning 5 days before the election and ending 2 days prior
    • Open daily, weekdays and weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • NOT OFFERED ON LEGAL STATE HOLIDAYS

Registration Deadlines
Deadlines for registering to vote apply to Early Voting. Visit Key Dates and Deadlines or Elections Coming Up to learn more.

Same Day Registration
Same Day Registration (SDR) is available during Early Voting (for regular elections only). To learn more, visit Same Day Registration.

Early Voting – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Early Voting and Absentee Balloting?
Absentee balloting is available for those individuals who cannot vote in person for one of the following reasons: active service in the armed forces; absence from town; sickness; physical disability; or religious tenets.

Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. Early Voting allows you to vote in person before Election Day.

Where do I get the envelope I need to vote during the Early Voting period?
When you arrive at the Redding Community Center during Early Voting, the first step will be to Check In. Please have your identification ready! The Checkers will issue you an envelope with your name and address on it. Your ballot must be sealed in the envelope, and the affirmation on the envelope must be signed before your ballot is inserted in the ballot box.

Where does the information on my envelope come from?
Your name and address will appear on your envelope as it appears on the voter rolls. This information was recorded in the Connecticut Voter Registration System (CVRS) when you registered to vote. If your information is incorrect, notify the Registrars.

Why do I have to put my ballot in an envelope?
Registrars verify voter records across the state to ensure no one has voted in more than one town. The envelope allows the Registrars to pull and disqualify ballots that should not be counted for this reason.

Why do I have to sign my envelope?
Voters are required to sign the affirmation that they are voting in accordance with the law.

What if I forgot to sign my envelope?
If the envelope is not signed, the ballot will be rejected and will not be counted.

Why do I put my ballot into a ballot box instead of a tabulator?
In Redding, all ballots are counted on Election Day. Each day the ballots deposited into the ballot box will be secured and stored until Election Day.

When will my ballot be counted?
Ballots cast during Early Voting will be counted on Election Day. Trained poll workers will open the envelopes, put the ballots and envelopes into separate piles (to preserve anonymity), unfold the ballots, shuffle the ballots (to further protect anonymity), and insert the ballots into the Tabulator for counting. This process is completed under the supervision of an Election Official and in view of the public.

What if I want to change my vote?
Once your ballot is cast, you cannot change your vote. Your ballot cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. If you vote during the Early Voting period, you cannot vote on Election Day.

Can I vote during the Early Voting period and on Election Day?
If you vote during the Early Voting period, you cannot vote on Election Day. Attempts to vote more than once will be reported to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC).

Can I fill in my ballot at home?
Early Voting ballots cannot be filled in at home. However, absentee balloting is available for those individuals who cannot vote in person for one of the following reasons: active service in the armed forces; absence from town; sickness; physical disability; or religious tenets. Contact the Town Clerk’s office for an Absentee Ballot application.

What happens if I take my ballot with me when I leave the polling place?
If you take your ballot with you when you leave, it will be invalidated and will not be counted. You will not be issued a new ballot. Even if you bring your ballot back, it will not be counted.