Absentee Ballot Voting Procedures
In the State of Connecticut, any elector may vote by absentee ballot if one of the following is applicable:
- They will be absent from town during all hours of voting
- Personal illness or physical disability
- Active service in the US armed forces
- Religious tenets which forbid secular activity on election, primary or referendum day
- Service as an election official at a polling place other than the official's place of voting
An Absentee Ballot Application form may be printed or obtained from the office either in person or through the mail. Completed applications must be returned to the Town Clerk's office of the town where the applicant is an elector and may be delivered in person or by mail by the applicant or their designee. The ballots must be given or mailed directly to the applicant only; they may not be given to another person for delivery to the applicant.
Completed ballots must be received by the Town Clerk's office by the close of polls in order to be counted. An elector who votes by absentee ballot may return the ballot in person up through the day before the election or primary or mail the ballot so that it is received by the Town Clerk's office by the close of polls. If mailing, please mail early enough to allow sufficient time for the post office to transport and deliver the ballot on or before election or primary day. An elector may also designate an immediate family member (defined as dependent relative residing in his household: spouse, parent or child) to deliver their completed and sealed ballot. This designee must show proper identification and sign the ballot when returning.
UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) establishes procedures that allow members of the US Armed Forces and electors temporarily residing overseas to request voter registration applications and absentee ballot applications by mail or electronically. Access the Connecticut Secretary of State's site for applications and a link to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to fill out a Federal Postcard Application which can serve as both an application for Voter Registration and an application for an Absentee Ballot for voters residing outside the United States of America.
Permanent Absentee Ballots
Pursuant to Public Act No. 12-57, the Connecticut General Assembly created a permanent absentee balloting status for certain individuals that became effective January 1, 2013. Those electors with permanent disabilities may apply for this status which will enable them to automatically receive an Absentee Ballot for each election, primary and referendum in the municipality in which they are eligible to vote. It eliminates the need for a permanently disabled elector to fill out an application before each election.
To qualify, an elector must file an initial Absentee Ballot Application form with the Town Clerk's office together with a doctor's certificate stating that they have a permanent disability that will not allow them to appear at their polling place. This doctor's certification must be done on the physician's letterhead and include the original signature of the certifying doctor. Each January, the Registrar of Voters are required to verify by mail of the residency of such qualified electors. If the elector fails to respond to the notice, the permanent absentee ballot status will be removed, but the elector will remain on the voter registration list. Under Freedom of Information Commission procedures, the original absentee ballot application is subject to disclosure just like any other application for absentee ballot, however, the doctor's note on file with the Town Clerk is not subject to disclosure and is kept confidential.
Emergency Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots may not be issued on election day, except electors who suddenly become ill within six days immediately preceding the close of the polls at the election or who are patients in a hospital within such six-day period. These electors may apply for and be issued an absentee ballot up to the close of the polls. In order to do so, such electors must designate an individual to receive their ballot and bring it to them to be voted and then return the voted ballot to the Town Clerk's office. The voter should complete the Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot to be brought to the Town Clerk's office by the designee. The voted ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office by the close of polls on Election or Primary Day.
Absentee Ballot for Referendum
Typically the Budget Referendum is scheduled with less than three week’s notice, which means that a different process applies for individuals to obtain an Absentee Ballot. An Application for Absentee Ballot for Referendum form may be printed from this site or obtained from the Town Clerk's office. This application must be returned in person by the individual requesting the ballot or their designee. The ballot will only be issued in person. The ballots are not mailed out to the voter due to the short time frame to return the completed ballot by the close of polls on the day of the Referendum.
Completed ballots must be received by the Town Clerk's office by the close of polls in order to be counted. A voter may return the absentee ballot by mail or in person by the day before the referendum. The person's designee may also return the completed ballot in person and upon showing proper identification and signing the ballot, or mail the ballot so that it is received by the Town Clerk's office by the close of polls.
If you have any questions on this process, please do not hesitate to contact this office.
Effective January 1, 2014, Connecticut now permits Online Voter Registration. Please note: To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV.