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Voting Absentee For Long Term Care Resource Page

Please Join Mairead Painter the State Long Term Care Ombudsman and Nora Duncan the State Director of AARP for a Virtual Education Series to discuss the process for absentee voting in Connecticut for the general election 2020. 

  

Link to Contact Information to consult your with City/Town Clerk for specifics related to secure ballot drop box locations, processes and procedures in your town.

 

If you want to vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut, this is what you need to do:

  1. Obtain an absentee ballot application: The Secretary of the State has mailed absentee ballot applications to every active, registered voter in the state. If you haven't received one yet, it should arrive in the mail within the next several days. You can also download the application online here. It is important to note that this is not a ballot – it is just an application that you need to fill out to request a ballot.

  2. Fill out the application: When you fill out the application, state law requires you to check a box indicating the reason why you need to vote using an absentee ballot. This year, all voters have the option of selecting "COVID-19" as a reason, in addition to the six existing reasons.
  3. Send the application to your Town Clerk: Once filled out, you must send the application to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk's office.

  4. Once the application is processed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter starting on October 2: Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who requested one beginning October 2, 2020. By law, absentee ballots cannot be mailed prior to October 2.

  5. Complete your absentee ballot: When filling out your absentee ballot, make sure to follow all of the instructions as required, otherwise your vote may not be processed. Remember to sign the inner envelope, seal only your ballot inside of the inner envelope (one ballot per envelope), and seal the inner envelope inside of the outer envelope.

  6. Send your completed absentee ballot to your Town Clerk: Similar to how you returned your application, you must send your completed ballot to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk's office.

  7. All ballots must be received by the close of polls at 8:00 P.M. on November 3: To ensure that the Town Clerk receives your absentee ballot in time and it doesn't get held up due to delays in mail delivery, it is strongly recommended that you return your ballot by using the secure drop boxes that have been installed outside of your local Town Hall.

 Additional State Resources

The CT Secretary of State has a comprehensive website for voter where you can download an absentee ballot, find in-person polling locations, register to vote, see sample ballots and more

Link to Contact Information to consult your with City/Town Clerk for specifics related to secure ballot drop box locations, processes and procedures in your town.

Link to download an absentee ballot application

Link to check to see if your absentee ballot has been received by the town clerk: 

 

Additional AARP Resources

AARP has created a comprehensive non-partisan website on what voters need to know about voting in CT in 2020. Also available in Spanish

 

Below you will find the content of these websites in printable pdfs.

 

More Public Events by AARP to learn more:

AARP CT Every Vote Counts – Every Voter’s Safety Should Too

 

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