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How To Vote In Connecticut 2020

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    ♪ (patriotic music) ♪
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    Hey Connecticut!
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    If you want to vote,
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    first, you’ve gotta be registered
    --there’s a link in the description
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    where you can check
    your registration status right now.
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    If you aren’t registered,
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    or you’ve moved or changed your name
    since the last time you voted,
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    you can register online as long as
    you have a Connecticut driver’s license
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    or state ID.
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    If you don’t have a Connecticut license
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    —maybe you don’t drive or you’re
    a college student from another state--
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    you have to fill out a form
    and mail it in,
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    which I get it, is super annoying,
    but it’s important, so do it anyway.
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    The links to both the online
    and mail-in forms will be in the description,
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    and you need to submit
    your form by October 27th
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    to vote in November.
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    If you’ve missed
    the registration deadline, don’t panic,
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    you can still register
    on the day of the election
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    at locations all throughout the state,
    starting at 6 am.
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    The full list of election day
    registration locations is linked below,
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    but plan to get there early,
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    because after you register
    you’ll still have to go
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    to a different location to vote
    at your actual polling place.
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    So you’re registered. Great.
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    Now you get to vote.
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    In most cases, you’re gonna be voting
    at the polls on November 3rd
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    in Connecticut.
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    Unless you’ll be out of state
    on election day,
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    or have an illness, disability,
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    or religious belief that
    doesn’t allow you to get to the polls.
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    If any of those situations
    do apply to you, there’s a link below
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    where you can apply
    for an absentee ballot.
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    As long as you get your application in
    by October 3rd, they’ll mail you a ballot,
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    and all you have to do is fill it out
    at your own pace and mail it back
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    so that it arrives
    no later than November 3rd.
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    And for the rest of you,
    you’ll need to head to the polls
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    between 6 am and 8 pm on November 3rd.
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    You can look-up where to go to vote
    using the link in the description.
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    If this is your first time voting
    you’ll need to bring a photo ID
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    with your name and current address,
    or a recent utility bill, bank statement,
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    or paycheck with your name
    and the current address printed on it.
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    If you’ve voted in Connecticut before,
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    you can either bring
    one of those forms of ID,
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    or just sign a statement at the polls
    saying that you are who you say you are.
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    If you have any questions about
    whether you have the right kind of ID,
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    don’t be afraid to ask.
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    Remember, the poll workers
    are there to help you vote.
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    If you want to see everything that’s going
    to be on the ballot ahead of time,
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    there’s a link below where
    you can find your sample ballot.
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    This gives you a chance to research
    the candidates for your local elections
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    ahead of time.
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    You don’t have to vote for every item
    on the ballot for it to count,
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    but those tiny local elections
    are actually pretty important,
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    so it’s worth doing a little research
    ahead of time.
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    If you want, you can print one out
    or screenshot it
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    and bring it to the polls with you
    so you can remember how you want to vote.
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    One last thing: if you’re gonna vote
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    —take a second right now
    to open up your notes app
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    or grab a piece of paper and make a plan.
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    Write down when and how
    you’re going to register,
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    what time you’re gonna vote,
    how you’re gonna get there,
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    what ID you’re gonna use,
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    even who you’re gonna bring
    to the polls with you.
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    Having a plan is a great way to make sure
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    that nothing unexpected
    stops you from voting on November 3rd.
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    All the links you need to check
    your registration and polling location
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    will be in the description.
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    Thanks for voting.
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    How To Vote in Every State
    is produced by Complexly
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    in partnership with
    The MediaWise Voter Project,
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    which is led by The Poynter Institute
    and supported by Facebook
Title:
How To Vote In Connecticut 2020
Description:

COVID-19 Voting Update: All eligible voters can now vote absentee and will automatically receive absentee ballot applications for the 2020 General Election. Applications will be mailed in mid-September. Applicants concerned about COVID-19 should check the COVID-19 box on their application.
[updated September 4, 2020]

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