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November,8,2016 - General Election Day
DEADLINES
October 7,2016

Absentee Ballot Begins - Absentee ballot: Printed absentee ballots for the election becomes available to electors on this Day.

October 7,2016

Last date for the State to publish polling site locations - Polling Place: Last day for determining polling places for the election. Polling places may be changed after this date only if town clerk and registrars.

October 18,2016

Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail - Registration by mail-Election notice of acceptance or rejection to be sent within 4 days. When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 49th day before election and ending on the 21st day before election, registrar must send by first class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection within four days of receipt of application.

October 19,2016

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail - Registration by mail: When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 201th day before election and ending on the 7th day before election, registrar much send by first-class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection on day of receipt of application.

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Connecticut
  • Date of Statehood: January 9, 1788
  • Size: 5,544 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Constitution State; Nutmeg State; Land of Steady Habits; Provisions State
  • Tree: White Oak
  • Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • Bird: American Robin

The Fundamental Orders was the first constitution to be adopted by the American colonies in 1639. It established the structure and boundaries of the newly formed government and ensured the rights of free men to elect their public officials—principles that were later embraced within the U.S. Constitution.

During a candle-lit dispute that occurred when Sir Edmund Andros attempted to seize Connecticut’s Royal Charter by order of King James II in 1687, the lights went out and the charter was whisked away to safety amid the chaos. Captain Joseph Wadsworth hid the charter inside a grand white oak tree, which became a symbol of freedom and, later, the official state tree.

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Benedict Arnold, whose name has become synonymous with the word “traitor” after he conspired with the British to turn over the post at West Point in exchange for money and a command in the British Army, was born in Norwich, Connecticut. In 1781, he led British troops in the Battle of Groton Heights, which devastated New London, Connecticut.

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The construction of Connecticut’s Old State House was completed in 1796. In 1814, it hosted the Hartford Convention, a meeting of Federalist leaders in which the adoption of seven proposed amendments to the Constitution was considered by many to be treasonous.

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Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only two states that failed to ratify the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol.

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The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, was constructed in Groton, Connecticut, between 1952 and 1954. Much larger than its diesel-electric predecessors, it traveled at speeds in excess of 20 knots and could remain submerged almost indefinitely because its atomic engine required only a very small quantity of nuclear fuel and no air. After 25 years of service, the Nautilus was decommissioned and opened to the public as an exhibit in Groton.

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The Connecticut-born Revolutionary soldier and spy Nathan Hale, who was hanged by the British in 1776, became Connecticut’s official state hero in 1985.

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State of Connecticut Quick Facts
  • Current Population:3,590,886
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 7
  • Congressional Districts: 5
Registered Voters

Total: 2,129,379

Republican Party: 429,301

  • Active : 400,216
  • Inactive : 29,085

Democratic Party: 776,886

  • Active : 703,851
  • Inactive : 73,035

Minor Parties: 22,493

  • Active : 20,610
  • Inactive : 1,883

Unafilliated: 900,699

  • Active : 798,426
  • Inactive : 102,273

Totals: 2,129,379

  • Active : 1,923,103
  • Inactive : 206,276

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Connecticut?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Connecticut.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    CONNECTICUT : Yes

    You may register and vote in person on Election Day if you meet the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and you are not already registered,
    OR you are registered in one town and want to change your registration because you currently reside in another town. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Connecticut?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Connecticut, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    Fill and Sign the form. Then deliver it to your local Registrar of Voters

    By Mail

    It's recommend that you enclose the downloaded voter registration application in an envelope, as the US Postal Service cannot guarantee the intact delivery of a form printed on standard office paper.

    Online

    Connecticut enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal.

    Election Day Registration

    Election Day Registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated EDR location in each town, beginning at 6 am. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    No specific law requiring time off to vote

    Connecticut State Government

    Connecticut Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government.

    All men when they form a social compact, are equal in rights; and no man or set of men are entitled to exclusive public emoluments or privileges from the community.

    All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as they may think expedient.

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

    Executive Power

    A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter.

    Such officers shall hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are duly qualified.

    Connecticut Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state shall be vested in two distinct houses or branches; the one to be styled the senate, the other the house of representatives, and both together the general assembly. The style of their laws shall be: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened.

    There shall be a regular session of the general assembly to commence on the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding the election of its members, and at such other times as the general assembly shall judge necessary; but the person administering the office of governor may, on special emergencies, convene the general assembly at any other time.

    It includes 36 members who each represent a district that includes an average of 99,280 residents, as of the 2010 Census

    Connecticut Legislative Chambers
  • The State House (Elected)
  • The State Senate (Elected)
  • Judicial Branch
    Supreme Court: 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a supreme court, a superior court, and such lower courts as the general assembly shall, from time to time, ordain and establish. The powers and jurisdiction of these courts shall be defined by law.

    Connecticut Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(151)
    (86)(64)(1)
    State Senators(36)
    (21)(15)
    US Representatives(5)
    (5)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Connecticut US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Connecticut. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Connecticut's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Connecticut: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running

    Incumbent Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Richard Blumenthal won the election to the United States Senate with 55.2% of the vote against the Republican candidate, Linda McMahon, who came in a distant second with 43.2% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Connecticut)

    Connecticut 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Connecticut this election cycle. Of the 5 seats up for election this election cycle, 0 currently held by Republicans, and 5 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Connecticut U.S. House

    Democratics(5)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Connecticut Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall be captain general of the militia of the state, except when called into the service of the United States

    Qualifications

    The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor. No person who is not an elector of the state, and who has not arrived at the age of thirty years, shall be eligible.

    Election

    Connecticut elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Connecticut governors do not face any term limits

    Salary

    $150,000

    Qualification age

    All gubernatorial candidates must be at least 30 years old

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The state constitution establishes the office of the lieutenant governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    The lieutenant-governor shall possess the same qualifications as are herein prescribed for the governor.

    Election

    A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for the office of lieutenant governor.

    Salary

    $110,000

    Qualification age

    All lieutenant gubernatorial candidates must be at least 30 years old

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The office of attorney general, though it is mentioned in the state constitution, is formally established by state statute.

    Qualifications

    The attorney general must be an elector of the state, i.e. at least 18 years old and a resident of Connecticut, and must have "at least ten years' active practice at the bar of the state.

    Election

    Attorneys general are elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    Attorneys general are elected to four-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Connecticut state executive officers, including the attorney general, do not face term limits.

    Salary

    $110,000

    Qualification age

    at least 18 years old

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    he office of secretary of the state is established in the state Constitution.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    Secretaries of the state are elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years and take office on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following their election

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Connecticut state executive officers, including the secretary of the state, does not face term limits.

    Salary

    $110,000

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The office of treasurer is established in Article IV of the state constitution.

    Qualifications

    In order to be eligible for the office of treasurer, one must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified voter, and a Connecticut resident for an unspecified number of years

    Election

    A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter. Such officers shall hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are duly qualified

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Connecticut state executive officers, including the treasurer, do not face term limits.

    Salary

    $110,000

    Qualification age

    Connecticut State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives.

    Qualifications

    The house of representatives shall consist of not less than one hundred twenty-five and not more than two hundred twenty-five members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the assembly district from which he is elected. Each assembly district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one representative. For the purpose of forming assembly districts no town shall be divided except for the purpose of forming assembly districts wholly within the town.

    Election

    The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House resolution

    Term of Office

    Length of term 2 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits None

    Salary

    $28,000/year

    Qualification age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The senators and representatives shall, in all cases of civil process, be privileged from arrest, during any session of the general assembly, and for four days before the commencement and after the termination of any session thereof. And for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

    Qualifications

    The senate shall consist of not less than thirty and not more than fifty members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the senatorial district from which he is elected. Each senatorial district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one senator

    Election

    Term of Office

    Senators are elected to two-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    without term limits

    Salary

    $28,000/year

    Qualification age

    Connecticut State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Licensed to practice law in the state, Resident of the state

    Election

    Judges are chosen using the assisted appointment method

    Term of Office

    Justices serve for eight-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Justices on the supreme court must retire when they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70.

    Cheif Salary

    $200,599

    Associates

    $185,610

    Qualification age

    Under age 70 at time of appointment

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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