Voting by absentee ballot requires qualifying and applying for, obtaining, and returning a ballot.

In Connecticut this is handled by your Town Clerk's office (not the Elections Department, which is responsible for counting the returned ballots). 

To QUALIFY for voting by absentee ballot, an elector must be unable to appear at the required polling place during all hours of voting for one of the following reasons:

  • Active service in the armed forces of the United States
  • Absence from the town of voting residence during all of the hours of voting
  • Illness
  • Physical disability
  • Religious tenets which forbid secular activity on the day of the election;
  • Duties as an election official at a polling place other than his/her own during all of the hours of voting
  • Permanent absentee ballot status for people with disabilities is available, but applications  must be accompanied by an explanatory letter from a physician.

To obtain an absentee ballot, an elector must first submit an application with an original signature to the Town Clerk's office by mail or in person.  Absentee ballot applications are available online from Cheshire's Town Clerk http://www.cheshirect.org/town-clerk or the Connecticut Secretary of State's website. They are also available from the Town Clerk's office in person or by mail (requests can be submitted by calling 203 271-6601 or in writing to the Town Clerk, 84 South Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410).   Ballots are then issued for each valid application. NOTE: Any person who will distribute five (5) or more absentee ballot applications to persons other than the individual's immediate family must register with and obtain forms from the Town Clerk of the municipality where such forms will be distributed before distributing such forms. 


The actual absentee ballots for each election are available one month prior to the election, or three weeks before a referendum.  These ballots can be picked up at the Town Clerk's office by the applicant or can be mailed directly to the applicant.  Please note that anyone may pick up an absentee ballot application for an elector, however, the ballot itself can only be handed in person to the elector named on the application or mailed directly to the applicant.


Ballots may be returned to the Town Clerk's office by the applicant in person or by mail.  An immediate family member may return a ballot, but must show identification and sign the sealed ballot envelope in front of a staff member.  All ballots must be returned by close of business on the day of the election or referendum to be counted. 

Please contact us at 203 271-6601 or at lbrennan@cheshirect.org or visit the Town Clerk’s Office for more information.

Last updated on Tuesday, October 02, 2018