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On Tuesday, New Haveners and voters will vote on a slate of statewide candidates, federal races and a constitutional amendment that opens the door to early voting.

Statewide races in Connecticut

  • Governor: incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont against Republican Bob Stefanowski and Independent Party Rob Hotaling and Green Party Michelle Bicking 
  • Secretary of the State: Democrat Stephanie Thomas versus Republican Dominic Rapini
  • State treasurer: Democrat Erick Russell against Republican Harry Arora
  • Comptroller: Democrat Sean Scanlon against Republican Mary Fay 

Federal races

  • U.S. Senate: incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal against Republican Leora Levy
  • U.S. House of Representatives: Democratic incumbent Rosa DeLauro against Republican Lesley Denardis, Green Party candidate Justin Paglino and Independent Party’s Amy Chai

Also on the ballot

  • Constitutional amendment: Allow early voting legislation
  • All nine members of New Haven’s delegation in the state legislature

At stake in this election

Republicans argue that the almost absolute Democratic control of New Haven and Connecticut’s government as well as the federal government has precipitated a spike in inflation and crime. 

Democrats, meanwhile, say that stable COVID-19 fiscal governance of the state shows that they are the party capable of leading the state. Lamont and other down-ballot have also said they would unequivocally support reproductive and voting rights while claiming that Republicans threaten both rights. 

Connecticut is also one of only four states that does not allow early voting, alongside Alabama, Mississippi and New Hampshire. Proponents argue that since the state does not provide guaranteed time off or sick days to vote so early voting is required. Opponents argue that it is an “unfunded mandate” for localities that could complicate local registrar’s abilities to conduct a smooth election. 

Read more on the campaign issues, fundraising and polling information here.

When and where can you vote?

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can also check registration and confirm poll location online. 

Students in residential colleges or Old Campus can vote at one of these three locations, depending on their college: 

New Haven Free Public Library (enter through downstairs Temple Street entrance), 133 Elm St.

  • Berkeley
  • Grace Hopper
  • Silliman
  • Timothy Dwight
  • Trumbull 

Wexler-Grant school cafeteria, 55 Foote St.

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Davenport
  • Ezra Stiles
  • Morse
  • Pauli Murray
  • Pierson

New Haven Hall of Records room G2, 200 Orange St.

  • Old Campus residents
  • Branford
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Saybrook colleges 

Not registered? You can still register at City Hall. 

The deadline to register online or by mail has passed; but, voters can register through the close of polls on the day of elections at City Hall, which is located at 165 Church St.

Yalies are eligible to register to vote in Connecticut using their current New Haven address. 

This address can be a residential college, hall on Old Campus or off-campus housing. To register, they are required to bring a proof of identity, including a driver’s license or a Yale ID,  and a proof of residence such as a piece of mail addressed to their residential college or Old Campus address. 

What you need to bring with you on Election Day

Poll workers may ask for you to show photo identification to vote. Acceptable forms include social security card or any pre-printed form of ID that shows name and address, or name and signature, or name and photograph. A driver’s license or Yale ID fulfill these parameters. 

If you register to vote by mail, you will be asked to prove residency. A copy of a current and valid photo ID showing name and address or utility bill, government check, paycheck or government document that shows name and address. 

Yash Roy covered City Hall and State Politics for the News. He also served as a Production & Design editor, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion chair for the News. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, he is a '25 in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Global Affairs.
Charlotte Hughes reports on climate and environmental issues in New Haven. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she is a freshman in Branford College majoring in English.