NORWALK, Conn. If you will be out of town during the election, now is the time to act: Norwalk is issuing absentee ballots.
Voters eligible to receive absentee ballots are "Those who are ill; physically disabled; serving in the military; those who will be out of town on election day; those providing service as poll worker in polling places other than their own; or those whose religion forbids secular activity on election day," according to the office of the secretary of the state. This includes college students who are away at school on election day, Nov. 8.
First you must file an application for an absentee ballot.
"Parents can bring in requests for their children or for anyone," said Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel. "The actual ballot must be filled out obviously by the voter." The request must be in writing and include the reason for the request. Absentee ballots can be given out up until a day before the election. The day of the election emergency ballots may be issued.
Application forms are available at the town clerk's office (City Hall Room 102) or online from the secretary of the state (Spanish version here) . Once this form is completed and returned to the town clerk's office, the voter will be issued an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot must then be completed and returned to the town clerk in full compliance with the instructions. Photocopies or facsimiles of the ballot will not be accepted. It is important for the voter to read, understand, and comply with the rules for absentee voting included with the ballot or their vote will be rejected as mandated by law.
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