Wilton’s registrars and town clerk are reminding registered voters that absentee ballots will be available in the town clerk’s office between Oct. 7 and Nov. 7, 2016. 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 the town clerk’s office to complete an absentee ballot application and cast their ballot at the same time.  There is no provision in state law for proxy or power of attorney voting.

For voters with permanent physical disabilities, Connecticut law allows an absentee ballot to be sent automatically to their homes. An application and a physician’s note must be filed with Wilton’s town clerk to arrange for this accommodation.

Connecticut does not allow the opportunity for “No Excuse” absentee voting. In the absentee ballot application, voters must state the reason for needing an absentee ballot and swear under penalty of false statement that such a statement is true.  False statement in absentee voting is a Class D felony.

For questions about absentee voting, please contact the Wilton town clerk’s office at 203.563.0106.