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[music] Hello, Connecticut!

If you want to vote, first you need to make sure you're registered- there's a link in the description where you can check your registration status right now. If you aren't registered, or if you've moved since the last time you voted, you can register online as long as you have a Connecticut driver's license or state ID.

If you don't have a Connecticut license- maybe you don't drive or you're a student from another state- you have to fill out a form and mail it in, which, I get it, is annoying, but it's important so please do it anyway. The links to both the online and mail-in forms will be in the description and you need to submit your form by October 30th. If you've missed the October 30th deadline, don't panic, you can still register on the day of the election at locations all throughout the state, starting at 6am.

The full list of election day registration locations is linked below, but plan to get there early because after you register you'll still have to go to a different location to vote at your actual polling place. So you're registered. Great!

Now you get to vote. In most cases you're gonna be voting at the polls on November 6th in Connecticut unless you'll be out of state on Eleciton Day or have an illness, disability, or religious belief that doesn't allow you to get to the polls. If any of those situations do apply to you, there's a link below to where you an apply for an absentee ballot.

As long as you get your application in by October 30th, they'll mail you a ballot and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and mail it back so that it arrives by November 6th or earlier. The rest of you, you'll need to head to the polls between 6am and 8pm on November 6th. You can look up where to go vote using the link in the description.

If this is your first time voting, you'll need to bring with you either a photo ID with your name and current address or a current utility bill, bank statement, or pay check with your name and address printed on it. If you voted in Connecticut before you just need to bring an ID that has your name and either your address or photo or signature on it. It only needs one of those things in addition to your name.

It doesn't have to have all three. A social security card is also acceptable. If you have any questions about whether you have the right kind of ID, don't be afraid to ask.

Remember, the poll workers are there to help you vote. If you want to see everything that's gonna be on the ballot ahead of time, there's a link below where you can find your sample ballot. This gives you a chance to research the candidates for your local elections ahead of time.

You don't have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to count, but those tiny local elections can have a pretty big impact, so it's worth doing some research ahead of time. If you want, you can print one out and bring it to the polls with you so you can remember how you want to vote. One last thing: if you're gonna vote, open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you're gonna register, what time you're gonna vote, how you're gonna get there, what ID you're gonna use, even who you're gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 6th. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description.

Thank you for voting. [music]