Voting By Absentee Ballot

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Absentee Ballot Information

Do you or someone you know need an absentee ballot for the election on November 7th?

Any person eligible to vote can apply for an absentee ballot and then vote by using that ballot for the following reasons:

  • Active service in the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting
  • Illness
  • Religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
  • Duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than my own during all of the hours of voting
  • Physical disability

Voting by absentee ballot is a basic, two-step process:

  1. First you must complete an application for an absentee ballot (applications are available now);
  2. Second, you need to complete the ballot itself, and return it before, but no later than November 7th.

Turning the two-step process into one step.

If you have time, the easiest way to vote by absentee ballot is to go into the Town Clerk’s office in person and fill out an application for the ballot AND complete the resulting ballot at the same time.

Step 1: Submit an Application for the Absentee Ballot

Anyone registered to vote can complete an application for an absentee ballot by either:

  1. Downloading it from http://www.sots.ct.gov/…/e…/electforms/electforms/aabeng.pdf and mailing it to the Town Clerk’s office;
  2. Picking it up and filling it out in person at the Town Clerk’s office, or
  3. Calling the Town Clerk and asking that it be mailed to them (all that contact information is below) and then submitting it back via mail or fax.

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Absentee Ballot

Once you receive the absentee ballot, you must then complete it and submit it by mail or in person. This is great for people who cannot make it to the town clerk’s office during office hours, or for kids who will still be in college at the time of a vote. If you plan on doing it by mail, don’t delay. The completed ballot needs to be received on or before November 7.

The Town Clerk’s office is located at 60 West Main Street, and is open from 8:30 – 4:30, Monday through Friday. You can contact the Town Clerk’s office at 860-409-4310 to request your application or ask additional questions.

There are rules for handing out applications for absentee ballots. Please see http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?q=489910 for more information regarding those rules.

 

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