Absentee Ballot Program
**Information for November 3, 2020 Election**
(Check back for updates)
APPLY NOW! Ballots available beginning October 2, 2020.
It's not too early to apply for a November 3, 2020 Election absentee ballot! Download (see link above) or request an application from us by either calling 860-429-3302 ext. 4 or emailing your request with mailing address to TownClerk@mansfieldct.org. Return your completed application to the Town's general drop box (located to the left of the Town Hall door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk, RT 275 side of the building) or mail it to: Town Clerk's Office, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you tell me if my application for absentee ballot has been received?
The Office of the Town Clerk is fully engaged with preparing thousands of ballots for mailing on October 2nd. We advise you to contact us only if you either 1) applied for your ballot before October 2nd and have not received it by October 7th or 2) mailed your application on or after October 2nd and have not received your ballot in 3-5 business days.
Can you tell me if my absentee ballot has been received?
The Office of the Town Clerk is fully engaged administering the legal requirements of the absentee balloting program. If you used the application mailed to you by the State with a barcode on it, you may check the status of your ballot return at https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx.
What if I apply for and receive my absentee ballot but I change my mind and decide to vote at the polls?
You are able to change your mind! If you have your absentee ballot in hand and decide you'd rather vote at the polls, simply destroy your absentee ballot and go to your polling location on Election Day.
What if I already voted by absentee ballot but I changed my mind and now I want to vote at the polls?
You are able to change your mind until 5PM on October 30, 2020. You must have your absentee ballot removed by the Office of the Town Clerk before 5PM on October 30, 2020 in order to be allowed to vote at the polls. Absentee ballots received via drop box or mail after 5pm on November 2nd or on Election Day will not be counted if the same person votes at the polls on Election Day.
Why did you send me an application for an absentee ballot when I didn't request one?
The State of Connecticut has sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. The return address on the envelope is that of the local Town Clerk even though the mailing came from the State and looks like this:
What if I want to vote at the polls?
Polls will be open on Election Day! Proceed to your polling location with a mask to cast your vote. Polling location hours are 6:00AM – 8:00PM on November 3, 2020.
How do I apply to vote by mail (absentee ballot)?
In Connecticut, voters must apply to vote by absentee ballot. You may request an application from the Town Clerk or obtain one online at www.MansfieldCT.gov/TownClerk. Alternatively, the Secretary of the State will be mailing applications to qualified voters sometime in September and you may use that application instead.
Once you have completed your application, return it to either the Town’s general drop box or the official ballot drop box (both located outside the Town Hall door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk, RT 275 side of the building) or mail it to: Town Clerk's Office, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268.
What if I receive a second application?
The Secretary of the State will be mailing applications to qualified voters sometime in September. You may obtain your own application or use the State-issued application. Whichever you choose, please do not submit more than one application to our office. Submitting more than one application will not result in receiving more than one ballot. Submitting only one application reduces staff time processing and rejecting duplicate applications.
When will I receive my absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots for applications received before October 2, 2020 will be mailed on October 2, 2020. Absentee ballots for applications received on or after October 2, 2020 will be mailed within 48 hours after the application is received.
What if I want to receive my absentee ballot in person?
Staff can issue your absentee ballot to you in person - no appointment needed.
- When: October 2, 2020 through November 2, 2020 between 8:15AM – 12:15PM excluding State holidays and extreme inclement weather.
- Where: At the Town Hall exterior door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk.
- How: Come with your pre-filled and signed application or fill one out upon your arrival. Applications and ballots will be exchanged between the elector and staff through the general drop box slot.
- We are not legally able to hand anyone a ballot that is not their own. Each elector wishing to receive an absentee ballot must be present to receive it in person.
- Bring your own black pen if you want to fill out your ballot while you are here.
- If there is a line, you may be exposed to the elements. Dress for your comfort.
If you have already submitted your application to us and want to receive your ballot in person instead of by mail, please contact our office to discuss.
How can I make sure my vote gets counted?
It is crucial that voters follow the ballot instructions included with their ballot exactly otherwise their ballot is not allowed to be counted. Some important instructions are:
- The ballot will look the same as it does at the polls. Follow the instructions on the ballot for how to fill out the ballot properly.
- Place the completed ballot into envelope B, seal envelope B, and sign envelope B where indicated.
- Place envelope B into envelope C, seal envelope C, and write your return address on envelope C.
Once these steps are completed, you are ready to return your ballot.
We are encouraging Mansfield voters to deliver their completed ballot to the locked and secured official ballot drop box WELL BEFORE November 3rd (located to the right of the Town Hall door closest to the offices of the Tax Collector and Town Clerk, RT 275 side of the building). You may also return your ballot by mail.
Early ballot return will help the Clerks as they work to sort and prepare the returned ballots for the Registrars. Voters have until 8PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to return their ballot to the ballot drop box. Per state statute at this time, ballots received after 8PM on November 3, 2020 cannot be counted.
What if I’m not registered to vote?
You cannot vote by absentee or at the polls without being registered. You must register by October 27th, 2020 in order to vote and avoid waiting in line for Election Day Registration. You may register to vote online at voterregistration.ct.gov or contact the Registrars of Voters for a voter registration card at 860-429-3368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Election Day Registration?
Election Day Registration (EDR) allows voters to register to vote on Election Day. This option is available for those who did not register before the October 27, 2020 registration deadline. Since its inception in 2013, EDR has proven a very popular option for college students. As a result, the wait time can be unpredictable and long. If at all possible, we recommend taking care of your registration before the registration deadline.
What if I’m registered to vote in another town?
You may only vote in the town in which you are registered and you should be registered in your town of residence.
If you need to update your registration to a new town of residence, you must do so by October 27, 2020 in order to vote and avoid waiting in line for Election Day Registration in your new town. You may register in your new town online at voterregistration.ct.gov or contact the Registrars of Voters in your new town for a new voter registration card.
What if I don’t know where I’m registered or where my polling location is?
You may look up this information about yourself at myvote.ct.gov/lookup or contact the Registrars of Voters at 860-429-3368 or email@example.com.
What if I have more questions?
- Town Clerk’s Office: 860-429-3302 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org; online at www.MansfieldCT.gov/TownClerk
- Registrars of Voters: 860-429-3368 or email@example.com
In the State of Connecticut, citizens are able to vote in advance of an election, primary, or referendum and by mail via the absentee ballot program. The program is administered by local Town Clerk’s Offices and managed by the Secretary of the State.
The application will require the citizen to select one of the following reasons for being unable to appear at their designated polling location on voting day:
- COVID-19 (All voters are able to check this box pursuant to Public Act 20-3 July Special Session)
- Active service in the Armed Forces of the United States
- Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting
- Religious tenets which forbid secular activity on the day of the election, primary or referendum
- Duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than your own during all of the hours of voting
- A physical disability
For more information about the State of Connecticut's absentee ballot program, please visit the Secretary of the State's webpage.