MONROE, Conn. -- If you aren't going to be able to vote at your polling place on Election Day, absentee ballots are now available from the Monroe Town Clerk's Office.You are eligible to vote by absentee ballot under the following rules:
- You're an active member of the armed services,
- You'll be out of town during all voting hours,
- You can't vote in person due to an illness or physical disability,
- Your religious tenets prevent you from performing secular activities like voting on Election Day, or
- You'll be working at a polling location other than your own during all voting hours.
Connecticut does not have generalized early voting.
People can come into the office -- with ID -- and fill out the state application for an absentee ballot.
Once the clerk double-checks the info with the voter registration system, a voter can either vote right there or take the ballot with them.
You can return them by mail or in person, but they must be received by the close of the polls on Election Day.
Folks can come by during the office's regular office hours, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Town Clerk Vida Stone told Daily Voice she'll have additional hours as well, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alternately, people can print this online application, sign it, scan it and send it to Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they can mail the ballot. But you still need to mail in the original application, with the original signature.
Stone emphasized the importance of starting early. "Get in your application as early as possible," she told Daily Voice, "to get the process going."
The Clerk's Office is in Room 201 of Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road. Call 203-452-2811 with any questions.