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Absentee Voting Frequently Asked
If you do not receive your ballot(s) within a reasonable time after
your request, you may apply to the Town Clerk for a duplicate ballot. A sworn
statement affirming that you have not received the original ballot or that the
ballot was lost must accompany the application. If a duplicate early voter
absentee ballot is issued and both the duplicate and original early voter
absentee ballots are received before the close of polls on election day, the
ballot with the earlier postmark or received first shall be counted.
What if you lose your ballot?
If you lose your absentee ballot after you receive it or you never receive an absentee ballot that was mailed to you, you can sign an
affidavit form and the Town Clerk can give you a replacement ballot.
Can a voter
change his or her mind and vote in person?
A voter who has received an early voter absentee ballot can change
his or her mind and vote at the polls on Election Day. To be eligible to do
this the voter must bring in the early voter absentee ballot as well as the
envelope and any other voting materials received. The presiding officer shall
return the unused early voter absentee ballots and envelope to the town clerk,
who shall make a record of their return on the list of early or absentee voters
and treat them as spoiled or unused ballots. A voter who has returned a voted
early voter absentee ballot cannot change his or her mind and vote at the
polls. Even if that ballot has not yet been counted, it is considered a voted
ballot and cannot be retracted.
What happens if there are not enough justices of
the peace of different parties to deliver early voter absentee ballots to sick
or disabled voters on Election Day?
If there are not a sufficient number of justices available to make up the
required number of pairs, a member of each remaining pair shall be designated by
the board, to be selected from lists of registered voters submitted by the
chairs of the town committees of political parties, and from among registered
voters who in written application to the board state that they are not
affiliated with any political party.
Can a candidate or his or her spouse who is a Justice
of the Peace deliver ballots
on Election Day?
No. No candidate or spouse, parent, or child of a candidate shall be eligible
to serve as an election official, including delivering ballots, unless the
candidate is not in a contested election.
Are the names of the people who have requested an
early voter absentee ballot public record?
Yes. The town clerk must make a list of the early or absentee
voters. The list shall include each voter's name and address. A copy of the list
or the file of applications if the list has not been made, must be available
upon request at the town clerk's office prior to the election. On Election Day
the list must be available in each polling place in the town.
If you have any questions about early or absentee voting, please call or visit
your Town Clerk. If you need additional assistance you can email Lori Bjornlund, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Elections Division at (800) 439-VOTE.
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