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How To Apply for an Absentee Ballot

If a registered voter is unable to vote in person on Election Day, he may apply to the Town Clerk for an absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • Absence from town during all the hours of voting
  • Illness
  • Physical disability
  • Active service in the armed service
  • Duties as an election official at a polling place
  • Religious tenets
Absentee Ballot applications can be obtained by calling the Town Clerk's Office at 860-276-6211 or by stopping into the office during normal business hours (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

You may also download a printable Absentee Ballot Application by clicking here.

Military personnel and persons temporarily living overseas may submit a Federal Post Card Application to register & apply for an Absentee Ballot.

You must be a registered voter in the Town of Southington in order to be eligible to vote via absentee ballot, and an application must be completed & submitted to the Town Clerk's Office before a ballot may be issued.

Please mail all completed applications as soon as possible to:

Kathy Larkin, Town Clerk
75 Main Street
P.O. Box 152
Southington, CT 06489

NEW LEGISLATION
Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for the Permanently Disabled effective January 1, 2013

IN GENERAL

To be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status, an elector must file with the Town Clerk an absentee ballot application together with a doctor’s certificate stating that they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at their polling place.  The doctor’s note should be on letterhead. There is no prescribed form—the doctor’s note and the absentee ballot application would satisfy the requirement of the law.

Permanent absentee ballot status enables the elector to receive an absentee ballot for each election, primary, and referendum in the municipality in which they are eligible to vote.  Absentee ballots are available 21 days before a Primary and 31 days before an Election.

ELIGIBILITY

In January of each year the Registrars of Voters will send written notice to each elector with permanent absentee ballot status to determine if the elector continues to reside at the address on the permanent absentee ballot application.  If the elector fails to respond to the notice, the permanent absentee ballot status will be removed, but the elector will remain on the voter registration list.

PROCEDURE

The Freedom of Information Commission has indicated that they feel that any doctor’s note on file with the Town Clerk is not subject to disclosure.  The original absentee ballot application, however, would continue to be subject to disclosure just like any other application for absentee ballot.

Any questions on this new Permanent Absentee Ballot Procedure call the Town Clerk's Office 860 276-6211