Connecticut’s 2024 presidential primary takes place on Tuesday, April 2. This year, after a recent change to state election law, more Connecticut voters will be able to cast their ballots early. The new law requires all municipalities to offer early voting. Details below on how these changes will affect voters across the state.

Key Details

Under the new law, each town must establish at least one early voting location, which must be approved by the Secretary of the State and accessible to voters with physical disabilities. Municipalities with populations of at least 20,000 may offer additional locations, if approved by their legislative body.

The length of the early voting period depends on the type of election:

  • 14 days of early voting for general elections;
  • 7 days for most primaries; and
  • 4 days for special elections and the presidential preference primary.

For all elections, early voting locations must be open from 10am to 6pm. For general elections and most primaries, the locations must be open on the last Tuesday and Thursday of the period, from 8am to 8pm.

2024 Timeline

March 25 – Unaffiliated voters have until noon on March 25 to enroll in a party to be able to vote during early voting.

March 26, 27, 28, 30 – Connecticut’s four days of early voting. Voters should check with their local town registrar’s office for their town’s early voting location.

April 1 – The deadline to register in person in your city or town is noon on April 1 if you want to vote on April 2. April 1 at noon is also the deadline for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party in person for voting on April 2.

April 2 – Connecticut’s Presidential Preference Primary election will be on April 2. Polls will be open from 6am to 8pm.

General Election

14 Days for Early Voting in General Elections.

  • October 21 to November 3
  • Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Voting accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 29 and October 31
Casting a Ballot

Absentee Ballot voting requires a reason (from a list of six found at MyVote.CT.gov).

Early Voting is available to every eligible voter without a specific reason. It may only be done in person, not via mail or drop box. As with voting in person on Election Day, you must provide adequate identification.

The election official at your Early Voting location will record that you’ve cast your ballot, preventing you from voting early at any other location, submitting an absentee ballot, or voting on Election Day.

Ballots cast during Early Voting will be sealed and stored securely in each town. They will be opened and counted on Election Day.

Anyone encountering problems on Election Day should call the Election Day Hotline at 1-866-733-2463 or send an email to elections@ct.gov.

For more information

You can always find updated voting and election information at the state’s website. There, you can find more details on absentee ballots, early voting, registration, and more.