Absentee Ballot Process for Town Referendum on School Building Projects
The town referendum for the school building projects is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 5, at Meeting House Hill School from 6am – 8pm. This date and time period will be finalized at a Town Meeting on September 26.
If you are scheduled to be out of town on October 5 and intend to vote, please obtain an absentee application (which can also be downloaded from the link below) and ballot at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall which will be available starting on Friday, September 27 at 9am (note: the absentee ballots cannot be finalized until the referendum date is finalized at the Town Meeting held on the evening of September 26). Absentee ballots will be available from September 27 through October 4 (assuming the town referendum is scheduled for October 5). The Town Clerk’s office is open on Fridays until noon and are open Monday – Thursday from 8:30am – 5pm. You can fill out the application and absentee ballot in Town Hall and hand in to the Town Clerk’s office or you can complete the ballot at a different location and return by October 5.
Please note in order to submit an absentee ballot, you must have already registered to vote. Voter registration can occur online (https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do) or visit the Town Clerk’s office.
If a voter is out of town from September 27 through October 5, the absentee ballot process is more challenging due to the limited time to complete the multiple steps defined below:
- The out-of-town registered voter must download the Application for Absentee Ballot for Referendum Authorized to be Held with Less than 3 Weeks Notice using the link below. The absentee voter must complete, sign and mail to their designate to serve as a runner:
- The designated runner who receives the signed application brings the signed form to the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall.
- The Town Clerk’s office issues the ballot. The designee must produce ID and sign the application accepting the designee designation in order to receive the ballot.
- The designated runner mails or brings the ballot to the absentee voter.
- Absentee voter completes the ballot and mails (or hands) the signed form to the designated runner.
- The designee will bring the completed ballot to the Town Clerk’s office. The designee will produce ID and sign the outer envelope of the voted ballot in front of one of the members of the Town Clerk’s office.
This process is a lot of steps to be completed within 9 days, but it is a CT state defined process that must be followed.
Please encourage all your friends, family members and neighbors to vote. Our voter support for these building projects represent an investment not only in our students and teachers, but an investment in our entire community that will be beneficial to all of us. A Yes Vote to both schools represents the most cost-effective use of New Fairfield tax dollars with the least disruption to the education process. Thank you.
Paid for by Build New Fairfield’s Future – Treasurer Josh Becket Flores , Chairman Eric Alviti