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Absentee Ballots

Election 2020 Updates

Absentee Ballots will be mailed out starting July 27th to voters who have submitted an application. If you do not receive your ballot by Friday, August 7th, please call our Election Hot Line at 860-561-7458. To view sample ballots please click here.

If you did not submit an application and wish to receive a ballot, please complete the application and return it to Town Clerk, 50 South Main Street, Room 313, West Hartford, CT 06107.  You may also drop your application in the Election Drop Box located at the main entrance to Town Hall. 

Any questions please call our Voter Hotline at 860-561-7458, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM– 4:30 PM.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic on July 6th the Office of the Secretary of the State mailed out absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrat and Republican voters in the State of Connecticut for the August 11th Primary.

If you did not receive an application, you should contact the Registrar of Voters at 860-561-7450 and confirm the following: 

  • That you are a registered voter
  • That you are registered as a Democrat or Republican
  • That you are not on the inactive voter list. 

Unaffiliated voters have until August 6 to change their party affiliation to vote in either the Democratic or the Republican primary. New voters also have until that date to register with a party. 

The issuance of an absentee ballot is a two-step process. You may obtain an application at the Town Clerk’s Office or download one below if it is: for your own use, or the use of a member of the your immediate family. If you wish to distribute five (5) or more absentee ballot applications to persons other than the your immediate family you must register with and obtain forms from the Town Clerk before distributing them.

Download the application (available in English and Spanish) and print, please make sure printer is set to print the full page which may require setting adjustments. Each person who applies for an application must sign it with an original signature. (Parents cannot sign for their child or spouses for each other.) Applications may be faxed or emailed, however hard copy with original signature must be received in the Town Clerk's office in order for your vote to count.  Please complete all information legibly.

Military personnel and persons temporarily living overseas may submit a Federal Post Card Application to register & apply for an Absentee Ballot.  For information regarding the Electronic Transmission Service email:  For any UOCAVA related questions email:

Please mail all completed applications as soon as possible to:

Town Clerk's Office
Room 313
50 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

After the completed application is returned to us, we will send a ballot and instructions to you as soon as State law allows, which is generally about a month prior to scheduled vote. We must receive the voted ballot back in our office by election day in order for the vote to count. 

The Town Clerk is responsible for supervising and distributing these ballots. For more information, please contact us at 860-561-7430 or the Registrar of Voter's Office at 860-561-7450.

Permanent Absentee Ballots

Public Act 12-57, “An Act Concerning Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for the Permanently Disabled” created permanent absentee balloting status for certain individuals and became effective January 1, 2013.


To be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status, an elector must file with the Town Clerk an absentee ballot application together with a certification from a primary care provider stating that they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at their polling place.  The primary care provider note should be on letterhead. There is no prescribed form—the primary care provider 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.;


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.