Absentee Voting Requirements
You may vote absentee if you are a registered voter and you will be unable to vote at the polls because you will be out of town during the hours the polls are open, because you have a physical disability or because of religious beliefs.
Obtaining an Application for an Absentee Ballot
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or the Office of the Secretary of State. Downloadable Absentee Ballot applications are now available online at the State Elections Division Web Site. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail.
Returning the Application for an Absentee Ballot
Applications for absentee ballot must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon the day before an election. Absentee ballots generally are available three weeks before an election. Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Town Clerk’s office. You may request the official absentee ballot application form or you may use any form of written communication: a letter or postcard. Include your name, your address where you are listed as a registered voter, the precise address to which you want the ballot sent and your signature. For primary election; you must indicate your choice of Party Ballot if you are registered as an unenrolled voter.
Permanently Disabled Voters
If a voter submits a note from a registered physician indicating that he is disabled permanently, the Town Clerk will send an application for an absentee ballot twenty-eight days before the first election each year. The application will be as complete as the Town Clerk can make it. The voter in most cases only will have to sign the application, return it, and indicate that the voter would like an absentee ballot for every election in that year. Upon the Town Clerk’s receipt of the signed application, the voter will be sent an absentee ballot.
Return of Ballots:
Ballots may be returned by mail or in person by the voter or a family member. All ballots must be signed by the voter, or if the voter is unable to sign, by an assisting person. Ballots must be received, in the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall (temporary location), 464 Main Street before 8:00 PM on the day of the election.
Absentee ballot applications cannot be accepted after NOON on the day before the election.
Requesting to Vote in Person
The final day to request to vote in person is BEFORE NOON on the day before the election. You may fill out the application for an absentee ballot and vote at the Town Clerk’s Office during the same visit.
Requesting to Vote by Mail
A ballot will be sent to any address that you specify. Be sure to apply early because the ballots must be sent by mail. The ballot may be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office. It must be received by 8:00 PM on election day.