The following is important information for Lyme residents who wish to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming August 11 Presidential Preference Primary (Democratic & Republican) and State Primary (Republican):
- MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. If you aren’t sure, go here. If you need to register, contact Lyme’s Registrars of Voters at firstname.lastname@example.org or go here.
- WATCH YOUR MAILBOX FOR AN APPLICATION. Because of the pandemic, all active voters registered as either Democrat or Republican in Connecticut will be able to vote by absentee ballot in the August 11 primaries. The Secretary of the State is mailing an application to all eligible voters. You must fill out and return this application in order to receive an absentee ballot.
- FILL THE APPLICATION OUT, MAIL IT IN, WAIT FOR YOUR BALLOT. Fill out the ballot application according to the instructions. Return the ballot application to the Lyme Town Clerk in the postage-prepaid envelope provided. Your absentee ballot will arrive by mail from the Secretary of the State (not the Lyme Town Clerk) about three weeks before the August 11 primaries.
- COMPLETE THE BALLOT, COMPLETE THE INNER ENVELOPE, SEAL BOTH INSIDE THE OUTER ENVELOPE. Your ballot package will have three items: a ballot, an inner envelope and an outer envelope.
- Complete your ballot by completely filling in the oval next to your choice using a black pen.
- Seal, sign and date the inner envelope. Insert your completed ballot into the inner envelope provided. Seal the envelope. Sign and date the outside of the inner envelope where indicated.
- Place the inner envelope into the larger postage-prepaid outer envelope and seal the outer envelope.
- RETURN BALLOT TO THE LYME TOWN CLERK. Mail the completed ballot via the postage-paid outer envelope to the Town Clerk. It must be received by the Town Clerk no later than 8:00 PM ON AUGUST 11 in order to be counted. If you choose to return your absentee ballot in person, please be aware of these rules and deadlines:
- The ballot must be sealed inside the inner and outer envelopes just as if you were returning it by mail.
- If you return the absentee ballot in person PRIOR TO AUGUST 11, you must hand it to the Town Clerk no later than 4:00 PM ON AUGUST 10.
- If you return the absentee ballot in person ON AUGUST 11, you must place it in the drop box at Town Hall no later than 8:00 PM ON AUGUST 11.
The following is important information for Lyme residents regarding the upcoming August 11 Presidential Preference Primary (Democratic & Republican) and State Primary (Republican):
- Electors registered as Democratic may vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary on August 11; electors registered as Republican may vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary and the Republican State Primary on August 11. There is no Democratic State Primary this year.
- Mail-in NEW registrations for voting in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary or Republican Presidential Preference Primary and Republican State Primary must be POSTMARKED on or by THURSDAY, AUGUST 6.
- Mail-in ENROLLMENT applications of UNAFFILIATED voters must be RECEIVED (NOT MERELY POSTMARKED) by THURSDAY, AUGUST 6.
- NEW voters have until 12:00 NOON, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, to complete a registration card IN PERSON at the Town Hall in order to affiliate with either the Democratic Party or Republican Party and vote in their respective Primary on August 11.
- UNAFFILIATED electors have until 12:00 NOON, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, to complete a new registration card IN PERSON at the Town Hall in order to affiliate with either the Democratic Party or Republican Party in order to vote in their respective Primary on August 11.
- Registrations or enrollments completed ONLINE must be RECEIVED on or before THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, in order to vote in the Primary on August 11.
- The deadline for Republicans to switch to the Democratic Party or Democrats to switch to the Republican Party in order to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary was January 28, 2020. The deadline for Democrats to switch to the Republican Party in order to vote in the State Primary was May 11, 2020.
- Unaffiliated electors MAY NOT vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primary.
- Electors who registered online or through the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) are encouraged to verify their registration by calling the Town Hall (860-434-7733) Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- Electors who are not sure whether or how they are affiliated are encouraged to call the Town Hall (860-434-7733) Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to determine their status.
- THERE IS NO EDR (ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION) FOR PRIMARIES. You must already be on the official voter list to vote on August 11.
On March 19, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state’s presidential primaries would be moved from Tuesday, April 28, to Tuesday, June 2. Lyme’s Town Clerk has confirmed that all absentee ballot applications presently on file will be honored for the June 2 primaries.
The State of Connecticut has announced that there will be both a Democratic presidential primary and a Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, April 28. Lyme residents who are registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary; Lyme residents who are registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. Unaffiliated voters and residents who are registered with other political parities are not permitted to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. Unaffiliated voters may change their party affiliation to either the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the corresponding presidential primary by coming to Lyme Town Hall no later than Monday, April 27, at noon.
This is an important reminder regarding the upcoming Apr. 28, 2020, presidential preference primary. The deadline to transfer party in advance of the presidential primary is Tuesday, Jan. 28. To repeat, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, is the last day that an enrolled elector may transfer from one party to another and be eligible to vote in the presidential preference primary of the new party.
The official results of the Nov. 5 municipal election – having now been reviewed and approved by the Town Clerk, the Registrars of Voters and the Moderator – can be viewed or downloaded here. Asterisks indicate the official winners of the races. Of the 1,920 registered voters in Town, 758 voted in this election either in person, via Absentee Ballot or via Election Day Registration.
The results of today’s municipal election can be viewed or downloaded here.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, is Election Day. Polls will be open at Lyme Town Hall from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Today (Tuesday, Oct. 29) is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election. Our Registrars of Voters will be at Town Hall until 8:00 p.m. tonight to provide voter registration.
Town of Lyme
Pursuant to Sections 9-226 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the electors of the Town of Lyme are hereby warned to meet at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371 on Tuesday, the 5th day of November 2019 between the hours of 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM then and there to give their votes for the persons to fill the following offices: A First Selectman, two (2) Selectmen, a Town Treasurer, each for a term of two (2) years; two (2) members of the Board of Finance, each for a term of six (6) years; one (1) member of the Board of Finance Alternate for a term of six (6) years; one (1) member of the Board of Finance Alternate to fill a vacancy for two (2) years; one (1) member of the Board of Assessment Appeals for a term of six (6) years; two (2) members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, each for a term of six (6) years; one (1) members of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term of six (6) years; one (1) member of the Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate for a term of six (6) years; three (3) Library Directors, each for a term of six (6) years; and one (1) member of the Regional Board of Education for a term of four (4) years.
Dated at Lyme, Connecticut this 22nd day of October 2019.
Attest: Linda A. Winzer, Town Clerk