Federal law mandates that all colleges and universities in the country make voter registration forms available to all students attending their institutions who are eligible to vote. The ability to vote in national, state, and local elections is both a privilege and a responsibility. As Election Day 2019 approaches, if you haven’t already, you are encouraged to register to vote by October 29.
Note the following guidelines for registering to vote in Connecticut:
- You must be a United States citizen.
- You must be eighteen years of age or older to vote in the state and municipal election on Election Day, November 5, 2019.
- Use TurboVote* for voter registration assistance. Select YaleVotes on the Main tab in SIS or go directly to https://yale.turbovote.org/.
- If you have a valid Connecticut driver’s license you can register online.
- To register in person, go to the Office of the Registrar of Voters, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Orange St., New Haven CT 06510-2696.
- To register by mail, complete a registration form and mail it to the Office of the Registrar of Voters at the address listed above.
- The deadline to register for state and municipal elections is October 29, 2019.
- Proof of residency is needed to vote. For students living on campus, a Yale ID suffices as proof of residency.
- If your mailing address changed after you registered to vote, fill out a new voter registration document with your new address.
- Forms, instructions for registering, and further information are available from the Secretary of the State of Connecticut.
*TurboVote is a non-partisan online application designed to help people register to vote. Yale has implemented TurboVote as part of a student-driven YaleVotes initiative to increase voter registration and participation across all schools in the upcoming elections. Students who elect to use TurboVote receive assistance with voter registration and may opt to have election reminder information sent to them via text and email notification.
Students who wish to register to vote in their home state may find other websites useful, such as www.usvotefoundation.org. This site is hosted by a third-party nonprofit organization, and Yale University cannot guarantee the accuracy of its information.