Permanent absentee balloting status available to those who qualify

Public Act Number 12-57: “An Act Concerning Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for the Permanently Disabled” is effective as of Jan. 1. It creates permanent absentee balloting status for permanently disabled individuals. This entitles those qualified to receive an absentee ballot and not just an absentee ballot application as previously authorized by statute.

In order to be eligible an elector must file 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. There is no official form prescribed. A note from the doctor on his letterhead is sufficient.

Once registered the individual will receive an absentee ballot for all events for which they are eligible to vote without having to apply again.
The Registrar of Voters must confirm annually, in writing, in January that the elector continues to reside at the address of their permanent absentee ballot application.

Full details will be mailed in the Senior Center Newsletter of Jan. 25 for those 50 and older. Other interested parties can obtain a copy at the Town Clerk’s office or by email on request to townclerk@eastonclerk.org . Alternately, call me at 203-268-6291, if I can be of any help.

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