Absentee Ballot Information for the Upcoming Election
In Mid-September the Secretary of the State’s Office will be mailing applications for absentee ballots for the upcoming election to every registered voter in the State.
If you choose to get an absentee ballot you can do the following:
– Complete the application and return it to the Town Clerk’s Office by using the postage prepaid envelope that comes with the application;
– Complete the application and bring it into The Town Clerk’s Office;
– Put the completed application in the absentee ballot drop box in front of the Town Hall. This box is located on the street side of the Town Hall at the top of the stairs, and at the top of the handicapped ramp.
Absentee ballots are not allowed to be mailed out until October 2nd by the Town Clerk’s office. When you receive your ballot packet it will contain four items: the outer envelope (designated with the letter C), the inner envelope (B), an instruction pamphlet, and the ballot.
Please read the instructions that come in your packet, but here are some things you should know:
– Fill out the ballot by darkening only one oval per column;
– After you have completed your ballot insert it into the inner “B” envelope and then seal AND sign the “B” envelope.
– You must sign and date the “B” envelope for your vote to count. Ballots in un-signed “B” envelopes will not count. This is per CT General Statutes, there are no exceptions to this so please sign it;
– Insert the “B” envelope into the outer “C” envelope and then seal the “C” envelope.
– Deliver the completed ballot to the Town Hall either to the Town Clerk’s office, or the ballot drop box (up the stairs and the handicapped ramp, on the street side in front of Town Hall), or you can mail it. If you cannot come into the Town Hall or walk to the ballot drop box please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 860-739-6931 ext. 1135 and we can meet you in the parking lot.
Some suggestions for you:
The sooner the application gets submitted the better, but please remember ballots cannot be issued until October 2nd.
The sooner you complete your ballot and return it to the Town Clerk’s Office the better, ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on election night will not count.
• If you filled out an application for the August 11th Primaries you will still have to fill out another application for the Election.
• You do not have to wait until the State mails you an application, you can complete an application that is attached to this post and return it now. If you choose to complete your application now, please disregard the application that the State sends you in September.
• The Polls will be open on November 3rd if you choose to vote in person.
• The Town Clerk’s Office will be having extended hours (open later on select days, and a few Saturdays) in October for issuing absentee ballots, I will post those dates as we get closer to that time.
• If you or someone you know is unable to come in to the Town Hall, or unable to get to the ballot drop box (for dropping off application or ballots) please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 860-739-6931 ext. 1135, and we can meet you in the parking lot to help you with this process.
If you have any questions about absentee ballots please contact the East Lyme Town Clerk’s office at 860-739-6931 ext. 1135.
If you have any questions about your voter registration, or where you vote on election day, if you choose to go to the polls, please contact the Registrar of Voters at 860-739-6147 or 860-739-6782.
Karen Miller Galbo
East Lyme Town Clerk