Connecticut ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: On May 20, 2020, Governor Lamont issued an executive order extending absentee voting eligibility to any registered voter in the August 11, 2020, primary if there is no "federally approved and widely available vaccine for prevention of COVID-19" at the time he or she requests an absentee ballot.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

  • Voter is in active service in U.S. Armed Forces
  • Absence from town during all voting hours
  • Voter is ill
  • Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
  • Voter has duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than their own during all voting hours
  • Voter has a physical disability

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.


Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?


Last update: May 5, 2020

Hannah Piercey