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Absentee Ballots

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Connecticut law allows you to receive an absentee ballot if you cannot appear at your assigned polling place on election day because of active service in the Military, absence from the town, illness, religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own during all of the hours of voting, or physical disability.

To request an absentee ballot, applications may be submitted immediately and dropped in the Election Drop Boxes located at the main entrance to Town Hall and the Faxon Branch Library or they may be mailed to the Town Clerk's office.  All applications must contain the original signature of the applicant.  In order for you to receive your ballot on time, applications should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid receiving a late ballot. All voted ballots must be received by 8pm on Election Day.

Questions regarding Absentee Ballots may be sent to

To expedite the delivery, please use the Election Drop boxes for applications AND returned ballots. If mailing by USPS, please allow enough time for the ballot to arrive in our office by 8pm on Election Day.

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

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.

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 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.