Tips to check out before you head to the polls on Election Day


Tuesday is all about Election Day.

Polls will be open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you’re a registered voter in line by 8:00 p.m., you will be able to vote.

There are a number of things you can bring to identify yourself. 

Secretary of the State of Connecticut Denise Merrill said, “Assuming that you’re on the rolls, you’re already registered. So, then, what you need is a Connecticut driver’s license or Connecticut I.D., or anything that shows that you live at your residence or can identify you. The famous one that people use all the time is a utility bill. If it’s addressed to you, that works.”

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If you are not registered to vote, you still have time. Secretary Merrill said, “If you’re not on the list, you need to go down and register and vote at town hall with Election Day registration. That is the beauty of those things, because we can solve those things on Election Day.”

If you have an absentee ballot it is too late to mail it in, but you can bring it to town hall in person. Secretary Merrill added, “You cannot mail it because we go by when it is actually received. It has to be actually received on Election Day.”

The secretary of the state said just in the last two years, Connecticut has 300,000 new voters. Many of them are between the ages of 18 to 24.

She said, “There’s been a lot of political activity in this country and suddenly it feels like young people are involved. With the shootings at the schools, you’re seeing a lot more activism among young people. And I’m hoping they all not only registered but they’re actually going to come out and vote.”

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The plan for many people on Tuesday is getting to the polls early. A voter said, “I’m going to the polls at 8 o’clock in the morning beating the crowd.”

Joyce Altieri added, “I work at night so I’m going to go in the morning. I’ll be there first thing to get my vote in.”

Julie Jaus told News 8, “My plan is to go in before work at 7 o’clock at the local school so I will be voting.”

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