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Permanent Absentee Ballot Status

 

 Applying for an Absentee Ballot

 

If a registered voter is unable to vote in person on Election Day, he may apply to the Town Clerk for an absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

 

        Absence from the Town during all hours of voting.

        Illness

        Physical Disability

        Active service in the Armed Forces

        Duties as an election official at a different polling location

        Religious tenets

 

To apply for an Absentee Ballot, return a completed Absentee Ballot Application to the Town Clerk’s office. The Town Clerk’s Office will then send you a ballot. The voted ballot must be received back in the office by Election Day in order for your vote to count.

 

 

 Legislation for Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for Registered Voters with a Permanent Disability

 

Public Act 12-57 created permanent absentee balloting status for registered voters with permanent disabilities and became effective on January 1, 2013.

 

To be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status, a registered voter must file with the Town Clerk an absentee ballot application together with a doctor’s note stating that they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at the polling place. The doctor’s note should be on his letterhead.  There is no prescribed formâ€" the doctor’s note and the absentee ballot application would satisfy the requirement of the law. The Freedom of Information Commission has indicated that they feel that any doctor’s note filed with the Town Clerk is not subject to disclosure. We value your privacy.  The original absentee ballot application however, would continue to be subject to disclosure just like any other application for absentee ballot.

 

Permanent absentee ballot status enables the registered voter to receive an absentee ballot for election, primary, and referendum in the municipality in which they are eligible to vote.  Absentee ballots are available 21 days before a Primary and 31 days before an Election.

 

In January of each year, the Registrars of Voters will send written notice to each voter with permanent absentee ballot status to determine if the voter continues to reside at the address on the permanent absentee ballot application.  If the voter fails to respond to the notice, the permanent absentee ballot status will be removed, but the voter will still remain on the voter registration list.

 

As always, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office if you have questions or need clarification at 860-684-1765.

 

 

 

Karen G. Troiano

Ialeen Dunn

Doreen Moulton

Office of the Town Clerk

Stafford



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