Absentee ballot applications available

Absentee ballots for this year’s general election will be available in the town clerk’s office between Oct. 7 and Nov. 7. Connecticut law allows absentee balloting only under six conditions: active service in the military, illness, physical disability, religious tenets that forbid secular activity on Election Day, duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own, and absence from your town during all hours of voting.

Applications for absentee ballots are available now. They must be signed by the registered voter and submitted to Wilton’s town clerk. After Oct. 7, ballots will be sent to voters at the address specified on their applications. Voters may also come in person to complete an application and cast their ballot at the same time. There is no provision in state law for proxy or power of attorney voting.

Voters with a permanent physical disability may have an absentee ballot sent automatically to their homes. An application and a physician’s note must be filed with the town clerk to arrange for this accommodation.

Connecticut does not allow “no excuse” absentee voting. In the absentee ballot application, voters must state the reason for needing an absentee ballot and swear such a statement is true. Making a false statement in absentee voting is a Class D felony.

Information: 203-563-0106.