Reminder: Absentee ballots available ahead of Election Day

Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut state leaders are reminding voters absentee ballots are still available for Election Day 2021.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Gov. Ned Lamont held a news conference Tuesday morning in Hartford, urging voter participation ahead of Nov. 2.

Election Day in 2020 was touted as the most successful election with more registered voters than any other time and a higher turnout. Last year was also the first time all eligible Connecticut residents had access to absentee ballots.

According to Public Act No. 21-2 from this June’s special session, COVID-19 can still be used as a valid reason for requesting a ballot for any primary, election, or referendum held before Nov. 3.

“I’d like people to know their vote makes a difference,” Lamont said. “I want you to have a stake in the election. I want you to have a stake in the outcome because that’s how we make this a better state and a better country.”

“In Connecticut, you have to apply for an absentee ballot,” Merrill said. “We don’t just send ballots to everyone, contrary to what some may think. You have to apply, you have to be on the voter registration list and then you can do it by mail. But it’s getting close enough to the election that I would strongly recommend anyone who wants an absentee ballot to go down and get an application at your town hall.”

Absentee ballots can be requested through the secretary of the state’s website, then returned to the voter’s town clerk’s office in their city or town. Click here to find your town clerk. All absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Election Day voter registration is not available at your polling place but is available at a designated Election Day Registration (EDR) location in each town from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

The deadline to register online to vote is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Click here to check if you are registered to vote in Connecticut, and here to find your polling place.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2.

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