Voting Resources

Why Voting is Important

Your vote matters and makes a difference. Elected public officials decide whether to maintain, amend, or create new laws that we live by every day. The key word being: Elected! Eligible registered voters cast their vote for the candidates they would like to represent them on the local, state, and federal levels. Once elected, these officials make decisions on behalf of you and your neighbors. Local elected officials prioritize how tax dollars are spent in town or city budgets; members of Congress vote on and construct national legislation, like declarations of war and how to fund diplomatic efforts; the President of the United States signs bills into law, has veto power, can formulate executive orders, and maintains immense influence over the types of conversations our country engages in. When you vote, you are supporting candidates that you want making these important decisions in comparison to the alternative.

*Thank you to Community Outreach for providing much of the information on this webpage.

Important Deadlines for Nov. 3, 2020
Election in Connecticut

  • Voter Registration Deadline – October 27th
  • Important note: If sending Voter Registration Application by Mail, it must be postmarked by October 27th
  • Town Clerks must receive absentee ballots by the close of polling day (8pm) for the ballot to be counted.
  • In-person polls are open from 6am to 8pm.
  • More information on Connecticut's election deadlines can be found here.

Find Out Your State’s Important Deadlines!

  • Voter registration deadlines by state can be found here.
  • For a list of states absentee ballot rules, click here.

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Common Questions & Resources

Am I eligible to vote?

States have different voter eligibility requirements. Click here to search eligibility requirements by state.

  • In Connecticut, to be eligible to vote, you must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen living in Connecticut
    • Be at least 17 years old and turning 18 years old by Election Day
    • Have completed confinement and parole, if previously convicted of a felony
    • For more information, click here

Where do I register to vote?

  • If you are a Connecticut resident:
    • You can register online here
    • Or fill out the Connecticut Voter Registration here and send it to your election official.
    • A list of Connecticut election officials can be found here.
  • If you are not a Connecticut resident:
    • You can find out how to register in your state by visiting: vote.gov

Am I already registered to vote?

  • Instructions on how to confirm your registration can be found here.

Am I eligible to vote by mail and how do I vote by mail?

Many states have passed new absentee ballot eligibility requirements due to COVID-19. To search your states requirements, click here.

Connecticut Voters:

  • All registered Connecticut voters are eligible to vote by mail in the November 3, 2020 election because of public health concerns related to the pandemic. There is a COVID-19 box that you can check on the absentee ballot application, if you would like to exercise this right.
    • Para una aplicación en español haga clic aquí
    • For an application in English click here
  • Send your application to your town clerk. A list of town clerks can be found here.
  • For more information on vote by mail eligibility requirements in Connecticut, click here.

Is there a difference? Voting by mail/Absentee voting

  • There is no distinction between these terms, both refer to filling out and mailing a ballot instead of voting in-person at a polling location.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and states rights to administer elections, there are different policies depending where one lives. For example, some states:
    • allow voters to utilize COVID-19 as a reason for requiring an absentee ballot
    • send all registered voters a ballot ahead of the election
    • have deemed the COVID-19 pandemic an invalid reason for an absentee ballot

For a breakdown of policy differences by state, click here for a helpful New York Times infographic and article.

I’ve decided that I want to vote in person, where do I vote?

**If you plan to vote in person, check for polling location changes due to COVID-19. Local governments may decide to use different spaces this year to accommodate social distancing and other public health guidelines.

  • Connecticut residents can use this Voter Registration Lookup to find their polling location.
  • If you are not a Connecticut resident, click here to search for your polling location in your state.

Are there resources for voters with disabilities?

Click here for resources and information for voters with disabilities in Connecticut. You have the right to vote and your vote matters!

Town of Mansfield Voting Questions & Resources

*This information has been provided by the Town of Mansfield*

Frequently Asked Questions

Presidential Election

November 3, 2020

 How do I register to vote in Mansfield?

You cannot vote without being registered. You must register by October 27th, 2020 in order to vote and avoid waiting in line outside for Election Day Registration.

• If you have a CONNECTICUT driver’s license, register online at voterregistration.ct.gov

• If you have an OUT OF STATE driver’s license, print a Mail-In Voter Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it to Registrar of 
Voters, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268

On-Campus Students: enter 1 University of CT as your RESIDENCE address and enter your home address as your MAILING address on the Voter Registration Form.

Off-Campus Students: enter your Mansfield* off-campus address as your RESIDENCE address and either the same address or your home address as your MAILING address.

*The off-campus address MUST be a Mansfield/Storrs address. Students attending UConn but living in another town must register and vote in the town they live in.

Please enter a phone number on your Voter Registration Form in case clarification is required.

 What is Election Day Registration?

Election Day Registration (EDR) allows voters to register to vote on Election Day. This option is available for those who did not register before the October 27, 2020 registration deadline. You will need to provide a piece of mail or digital evidence showing a Mansfield or UConn address. The wait time outside at EDR can be unpredictable and long. If at all possible, we recommend taking care of your registration before the registration deadline.

 Should I check if my voter registration still active?

YES! Your voter registration can become inactive when a piece of mail sent to the address on your registration is returned as undeliverable. Thousands of UConn students became inactive in August this year when the Secretary of the State mailed Presidential Preference Primary absentee ballot applications to their campus addresses and the mail was returned as undeliverable (since students had moved out). Check on your registration at myvote.ct.gov/lookup. If necessary, you can re-register in Mansfield or register in your hometown if you are not currently living in Mansfield. See instructions for voter registration in Mansfield above.

 What if I’m registered to vote in another town?

You may only vote in the town in which you are registered and you should be registered in your town of residence. If your hometown is your technical or usual place of residence, you may register in your hometown. If you are already registered in your hometown and will not be travelling there to vote on

Election Day, you may request an absentee ballot from your hometown and vote by mail in advance of Election Day. (Apply for your absentee ballot now to allow adequate time for mail delivery!) If you need to update your registration to a new town of residence, you must register to vote in that new town by October 27, 2020 in order to vote and avoid waiting in line for Election Day Registration.

 What if I don’t know where I’m registered or where my polling location is?

You may look up this information about yourself at myvote.ct.gov/lookup or contact the Registrars of Voters at 860-429-3368 or voterregistrars@mansfieldct.org.

 How do I apply to vote by mail (absentee ballot) in Mansfield?

In Connecticut, voters must apply to vote by absentee ballot. You may request an application from the Town Clerk or obtain one online at www.MansfieldCT.gov/TownClerk. Alternatively, the Secretary of the State will be mailing applications to qualified voters sometime in September and you may use that application instead. Once you have completed your application, return it to either the Town’s general drop box or the official ballot drop box (both located outside the Town Hall door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk, RT 275 side of the building) or mail it to: Town Clerk's Office, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268.

 What if I want to receive my absentee ballot in person?

Staff can issue your absentee ballot to you in person - no appointment needed.

• When: October 2, 2020 through November 2, 2020 between 8:15AM – 12:15PM excluding State holidays and extreme      
inclement weather.

• Where: At the Town Hall exterior door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk.

• How: Come with your pre-filled and signed application or fill one out upon your arrival. Applications and ballots will be 
exchanged between the elector and staff through the general drop box slot.

• Tips:

• We are not legally able to hand anyone a ballot that is not their own. Each elector wishing to receive an absentee ballot must be 
present to receive it in person.

• Bring your own black pen if you want to fill out your ballot while you are here.

• If there is a line, you may be exposed to the elements. Dress for your comfort.

 How can I make sure my vote gets counted?

It is crucial that voters follow the ballot instructions included with their ballot exactly otherwise their ballot is not allowed to be counted. Some important instructions are:

1. The ballot will look the same as it does at the polls. Follow the instructions on the ballot for how to fill out the ballot properly.

2. Place the completed ballot into envelope B, seal envelope B, and sign envelope B where indicated.

3. Place envelope B into envelope C, seal envelope C, and write your return address on envelope C.

Once these steps are completed, you are ready to return your ballot. We are encouraging Mansfield voters to deliver their completed ballot to the locked and secured official ballot drop box WELL BEFORE November 3rd (located to the right of the Town Hall door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk, RT 275 side of the building). You may also return your ballot by mail. Early ballot return will help the Clerks as they work to sort and prepare the returned ballots for the Registrars. Voters have until 8PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to return their ballot to the ballot drop box. Per state statute at this time, ballots received after 8PM on November 3, 2020 cannot be counted.

 What if I have more questions?

• Town Clerk’s Office: 860-429-3302 ext. 4 or townclerk@mansfieldct.org; online at www.MansfieldCT.gov/TownClerk

• Registrars of Voters: 860-429-3368 or voterregistrars@mansfieldct.org

These FAQs were prepared by the Town Clerk and Registrars of Voters for the purposes of voter education.

Mansfield Voting Districts List & Locations

There are multiple polling locations in the town of Mansfield, CT. If you live on campus you are in District 1.  For students living off campus in Mansfield please reference the PDF below to find out where your location is.

Mansfield Voting Districts List & Locations

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Debates

Presidential Debate: Night One
September 29, 2020

https://www.c-span.org/debates/?debate=first
*Pre- recorded. C-SPAN

Fact Checking The First Presidential Debate
In the age of misinformation, it is imperative to hold our elected officials accountable by fact checking their claims. You can fact check the first presidential debate of 2020 here!

Time stamps
Have a specific topic of interest? See the time stamps in this pdf to see when the question was answered!
Time Stamps Presidential Debate

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Vice-Presidential Debate: Night One
October 7, 2020

https://www.c-span.org/debates/?debate=vice
*Pre- recorded. C-SPAN

Time stamps
Have a specific topic of interest? See the time stamps in this pdf to see when the question was answered!
Vice Presidential Debate Time Stamps

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Presidential Debate: Night Two
October 22, 2020

https://www.c-span.org/video/?475796-1/trump-biden-debate&live=
*Pre- recorded. C-SPAN

Time stamps
Have a specific topic of interest? See the time stamps in this pdf to see when the question was answered!
Time Stamps Presidential Debate 2

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Presidential Candidate Positions