Absentee Ballots for the State Primaries
The Colchester Town Clerk’s office would like to inform you that Absentee Ballots for the Democrat and Republican State Primaries on August 14, 2018 will be available in the Town Clerk’s Office from Tuesday July 24, 2018 through Monday August 13, 2018.
Absentee Ballot instructions:
Fill out an application for an absentee ballot. Besides the link provided, you may obtain an application in the Town Clerk’s Office. You must be a current Colchester Voter at the time of the application and enrolled in the party that you wish to vote for.
After we receive the completed application you will be given an absentee ballot to fill out. If you apply in person you can fill out the ballot at that time or take it with you to return within the specified period.
We must receive the fully filled out ballot and enclosed envelopes by:
- If delivered in person, by you the voter, it must be delivered to the Town Clerk no later than the Monday before the Primary at 4:30PM.
- If delivered in person by a family member, or qualified designee*, it must reach the Town Clerk’s office by the end of polls on Election Day.
- If delivered by mail it must be received no later than 4:30PM on Election Day.
If you have any questions you may call the Town Clerks office at (860) 537-7215.
*A designee is:
- A person caring for you because of your illness, including but not limited to a licensed physician or a registered practical nurse
- A member of your family
- A police officer in our municipality
- A registrar of voters or deputy registrar of voters in our municipality
** In order to Vote in a Primary you must be registered for the party you wish to vote for. **
Absence/Inability to vote in person does not mean that you forfeit your right to vote!
Voters are urged to contact the clerk’s office at 537-7215 with any specific questions.
The federal MOVE ACT (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) was signed into law by President Obama on October 28, 2009 and makes provisions for mailing a ballot electronically, upon request, to a voter who is in the military, their dependents or a Colchester Resident who is temporarily overseas. (Electronic means faxing as well as emailing).
If you choose to receive the ballot electronically, no envelope “B” will be included.Please mail your ballot with an envelope clearly marked “Election Material”. Your completed ballot must be received by the clerk no later than 8 P.M. on Election Day. If you submitted your absentee ballot application to the clerk electronically, be sure to mail the original, signed application to the Town Clerk's Office to ensure that your ballot can be counted.
The actual ballot is a blank ballot format that is sent along with a list of candidates. If you qualify for an emailed ballot, please contact the Town Clerk at 860-537-7215 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.The absentee ballot application can now be faxed or emailed to us. If you are not military personnel, their dependent, or an overseas voter, please follow the instructions outlined above to request an absentee ballot.
Fee Increases Effective July 1, 2018
Please click here to find out the new fee schedule.
The Town Clerk’s Office is information central for Colchester residents when they need questions answered or help finding something within the Town Hall. We provide many services to the community such as notary public, sports & dog licenses, and copies of discharge papers.
The Town Clerk responds to thousands of requests for certificates, permits, licenses, and public documents while also providing services to all boards, commissions and other departments within the building.
We also issue absentee ballots for every election or referenda held in our town.
The Town Clerk is elected by a plurality of the votes cast at a municipal election every four years and is charged with the custody and control of all public records of the Town as well as other duties as set forth by State Statute.
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