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Important: Update Regarding Absentee Ballot Applications

Posted on
August 20, 2020
by
Town Clerk
The Town’ Clerks office is being inundated with calls regarding Absentee Ballot Applications for the November 3rd Presidential Election. I am sharing information that has been given to us from the Secretary of the State and information I know about Absentee Ballot processing that you might find helpful. Please read this notice carefully as it might answer the questions you currently have. If you have any further questions, I respectfully request that you email them to me at hkrouse@barkhamsted.us

First, I would like to inform everyone that the Secretary of the State’s Office will be sending an Application for an Absentee Ballot to all registered voters in mid-September. Due to the CoVid-19 pandemic and pursuant to Public Act 20-03 Special Session, the threat of the virus is a reason to vote by absentee ballot for this election only. Please wait for that application to arrive. Please do not download and mail in the application that can be found on their website, as the applications that will be sent out are specifically bar-coded for each individual voter and will help us process them faster and more accurately. Also please do not fill out more than one application. If you haven’t received your application by the last week in September, please email us and we can email one to you. 

The ballots become available beginning October 2nd, and will be sent out in the U.S. mail on that day to anyone who has filled out an application, returned it to this office and has been processed into the State’s Connecticut Voter Registration System by us. For any applications received after that date, the ballots will be mailed out within 48 hours of receipt of your application. You are also able to request your ballot in person with your application form after October 2, however you will need to come back the following day to pick up your ballot. We will not be able to process your ballot as you wait. You are not allowed to collect anyone else’s ballot, nor will anyone else be allowed to pick up your ballot. The application form however, may be delivered to me by you or anyone else you designate to deliver it. If you will be submitting your application within 6 days of the election, I urge you to do so in person, as there may not be enough time for your ballot to be received by you through the mail. 

There is a ballot drop box located outside the lower level door at Town Hall. That box will be used for your completed ballots only and will be locked for any deposits until after the ballots have been mailed out. I highly recommend that you deposit your completed ballot into this drop box instead of sending through the U.S. mail. Be sure you follow the instructions included in your packet on the proper method of absentee ballot voting in order to insure your ballot is not rejected. The applications can be either sent to me through the U.S. mail, hand-delivered, or dropped off in the black, locked mailbox just to the left of the lower level door at Town Hall, do not use the ballot box. 

My office will be responsible for issuing all of the absentee ballots for the November 3rd Election. This election will be unprecedented in regards to the volume of Absentee Ballots that we will do. It is an enormous undertaking that the Secretary of the State’s Office has given us and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. The Town of Barkhamsted has over 3,100 registered voters and we will do all we can to be sure everyone who wants to vote by Absentee Ballot will be able to do so. On a personal note, I have never been happier than now to live in a small town. I cannot imagine how a larger town will handle this influx of work. 

Lastly, please keep in mind that voting in this way is only an OPTION for you. The polls will still be open, sanitized and safe, from 6AM to 8PM on Election Day, November 3, 2020 at the Barkhamsted Elementary School. You can just disregard the application you will receive if you plan to vote in person. 

Thank you for your attention, and please email me at hkrouse@barkhamsted.us if you have any questions and I will try to respond as quickly as I can. 

Regards, 
Holly Krouse