As of 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 23, 39% of the registered voters in Lyme have applied for an absentee ballot for the November 3 Election. Of those ballots issued, 76% have been completed and returned.
For those who intend to vote on November 3, but have not registered to vote yet: Do it now. Get it done, then you don’t have to think about it anymore.
For those who intend to vote by absentee ballot, but have not submitted their application: Do it now. With 10 days remaining before the election, you are strongly urged to deposit your application in the drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall rather than mailing it.
For those who have received an absentee ballot, but have not completed it and returned it: Do it now. With 10 days remaining before the election, you are strongly urged to deposit your completed ballot in the drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall rather than mailing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens to my ballot after I complete it and return it? Your ballot is date- and time-stamped when it is received. It is then entered into the voter registration system. The physical ballot is kept locked up until it is delivered to the polls on November 3. Absentee Ballot Counters will then open the envelopes and run the ballot through the tabulator, just like ballots cast at the polls in person. Thus, absentee ballots are counted the day of the election and are reflected in voting totals for the town along with all those who voted in person.
How can I find out if my ballot has been received at Town Hall? You may use the Voter Lookup Tool located on the Connecticut Secretary of the State website at https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx to see if your ballot has been received.
When is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot? You may apply for an absentee ballot up until 4:00 p.m. on November 2.
When is the last day to register to vote? In person, the deadline is October 27. Mail-in voter registration applications must be received or postmarked by October 27 in order to be accepted for the November 3 Election. October 27 is also the deadline to register to vote online.
When is the last day to return my completed absentee ballot? By mail: Your absentee ballot needs to be mailed so that it is received by the Town Clerk by the close of polls on November 3. By drop box: Your ballot must be deposited in the official ballot drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall by the close of polls on November 3. The box will be locked at 8:00 p.m. on November 3, and no other ballots will be accepted after that time.
When and where do I vote in person? In person voting will occur at the Lyme Town Hall located at 480 Hamburg Road, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Town Hall will be open for voting matters only on that day.