How to Vote Safely in the Age of COVID-19
Posted on September 22, 2020 by Admin
It is hard to believe that Election Day 2020 is less than two months away. In a year unlike any other, we are constantly developing new and innovative ways to keep a sense of normalcy in our daily routines in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite our changed circumstance, we have found safe and responsible ways to continue our work, educate our children, and yes, vote.
Absentee ballots are not a new concept by any means, but until the General Assembly passed a new law in July, this option was limited to certain individuals. Now, all state residents of age are eligible to vote by absentee ballot for the November 3 general election by checking “COVID-19” as their reason. This will give everyone in the state of Connecticut the opportunity to exercise one of their most basic rights from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Of course, individuals who prefer to vote in person may do so on Election Day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please check your town’s website to confirm your polling location.
For those wishing to vote by absentee ballot, here's how the process works:
The Secretary of the State's (SOTS) office has begun mailing absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. Some of you may have received your by now. You may also access the application online through the SOTS's website.
Complete your application and return it by mail via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or place it in an Official Ballot Drop Box. Below are the absentee ballot drop box locations for Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.
Norwalk Town Hall, 125 East Avenue
Norwalk Police Department, 1 Monroe Street
OR mail to: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Westport Town Hall (rear entrance), 110 Myrtle Avenue
OR mail to: Westport Town Clerk, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880
Wilton Police Department, 238 Danbury Road
OR mail to: Wilton Town Clerk, Wilton Town Hall, 238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Note: The drop boxes are secure, checked daily, and available 24/7.
Once applications have been received, official absentee ballots will be mailed to you beginning October 2, 2020. Complete and return your absentee ballot in the same manner as your absentee ballot application (USPS or Official Ballot Drop Box).
Only immediate family members and health care providers may assist an individual with their ballot. All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you submit an absentee ballot, your name will be removed from the voter list at your in-person polling location so residents cannot vote twice.
Below are some additional resources for you regarding our local election processes.
Norwalk Town Clerk: Click Here
Wilton Town Clerk: Click Here
Westport Town Clerk: Click Here
Absentee Ballot Application: Click Here
Absentee Ballot Fact Sheet: Click Here
Explanation of Absentee Ballot Process: Click Here
Voter Registration Lookup: Click Here
Additional Election Information from the SOTS: Click Here
With warmest regards to you and your family,
World Turns Upside Down