Absentee Ballots for Nov. 2 Election: Message from the Town Clerk

Due to COVID-19, all voters are permitted to vote by absentee ballot rather than appear at the polls for the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election. In anticipation of a great number of voters wishing to vote by absentee, the following recommendations are being offered:

  • Fill out an application and deliver it to the Official Ballot Drop Box on the sidewalk of Lyme Town Hall now. This will allow us to have ballot packets ready to go when we are permitted to begin mailing them out on October 1.  We are not allowed to issue ballots before this date. Click on this link to download an Absentee Ballot Application.
  • When you receive your ballot packet, it will contain five items: the outer envelope (designated with the letter “C”), the inner envelope (designated with the letter “B”), an instruction pamphlet, a flyer regarding the ballot drop box and the ballot.
  • Fill out your ballot, darkening only ONE oval per column. (Click here to see a sample ballot.Click here to see a sample ballot.) You may see the candidate you wish to vote for listed more than once, which indicates they were endorsed by more than one party.  DO NOT FILL IN ALL OVALS FOR THAT CANDIDATE, darken one oval only.
  • Insert the ballot into the inner “B” envelope and seal it. YOU MUST SIGN AND DATE THIS ENVELOPE IN ORDER FOR YOUR VOTE TO COUNT.  This is part of statutory election law.  I cannot stress this enough.  Ballots in unsigned envelopes will not be counted.
  • Insert the inner “B” envelope into the outer “C” envelope and seal it.
  • Deliver your completed ballot to the Official Ballot Drop Box on the sidewalk of Lyme Town Hall.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit an application if you wish to vote by absentee ballot. The sooner you submit your application, the better.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to complete your ballot and deliver it. Ballots received after polls close will not be counted. If you choose to mail your ballot rather than deposit it in the Official Ballot Drop Box and it is not received by the close of polls, it will not count.
  • Voters may still appear at the polls to vote in person on November 2 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming election, you may email the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org or call the Town Clerk at the Town Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Results of May 4, 2021, Regional School District No. 18 Budget Vote for Lyme & Old Lyme

Electors met in the Town of Lyme at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT, and in the Town of Old Lyme, at the Cross Lane Firehouse, Cross Lane, Old Lyme, CT, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on May 4, 2021 to cast their votes to adopt a budget of $34,874,548.00 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, thru June 30, 2022, as recommended by the Regional School Board.

The results for the Town of Lyme appear below:

  • Total number of electors on registry list: 1,979
  • Total number of electors having voted by absentee ballot: 2
  • Total number of electors having voted in person: 82
  • Total number of property owners assessed on last grand list for not less than $1,000 having voted: 0
  • Total number of persons having voted: 84
  • Total number voted YES: 79
  • Total number voted NO: 5

The budget passed in both Lyme and Old Lyme:

  • Lyme: 79 Yes, 5 No
  • Old Lyme: 249 Yes, 50 No
  • Total: 328 Yes, 55 No

Applications for Absentee Ballots Available for May 4 Regional School District 18 Budget Referendum

Lyme residents can now apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the May 4 Regional School District 18 Budget Referendum.  The application can be downloaded here.  The deadline for the issuing of absentee ballots is 4:00 p.m. on May 3.  The deadline for returning ballots is 8:00 p.m. on May 4; ballots can be returned in the drop box on the sidewalk at Town Hall.

For more information on the referendum, click here.

Notice of May 3 Annual School Budget Meeting & May 4 Vote on Regional School District 18 Budget

Notice is hereby given of the May 3 Annual District Budget Meeting and May 4 Vote on the Regional School District No. 18 Budget.

The Annual Budget Meeting will be held in the Regional School District No. 18 Board of Education Conference Room at Center School, 49 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 3, 2021.  To see the agenda (and other details) for the meeting, click here.

Voting on the budget will take place in Lyme at Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Election Update from the Town Clerk

As of this morning (Monday, November 2), 41% of registered voters in Lyme have requested absentee ballots.  Of those, 93% have returned their ballots.

If you have not requested an absentee ballot but wish to do so, today is the last day.  Appear at the Town Clerk’s office before 4:00 p.m. today to submit your application and receive your ballot.

If you have not returned the absentee ballot that was already issued to you, 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, is the deadline to do so in the Official Ballot Drop Box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall.  You are encouraged to return your ballot today (Monday) as Tuesday will be very busy here at Town Hall with in person voting.

If you have not registered to vote, the deadline has passed.  In Connecticut, residents may register in their town of residence on Election Day at the designated Election Day Registration (EDR) location for their town.  In Lyme, that location is Town Hall.  There will be a separate entrance for EDR versus the polling place.  You will need to provide proof of identity and proof of residence.

Warning for Nov. 3 Election

WARNING
November 3, 2020, State Election

The Electors of the Town of Lyme are hereby warned to meet at their respective polling place in said town on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following purpose:

To cast their votes for Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State       Representative, Registrar of Voters.

Notice is hereby given that the location of the polling place is as follows:

Voting District                                         Location of Polling Place
        1                                                          Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT  06371

Voting tabulators will be used.  The polls will be opened at six o’clock in the morning (6:00 a.m.) and will remain open until eight o’clock in the evening (8:00 p.m.).

The Lyme Town Hall will be open for election purposes only on Election Day.

Dated at Lyme, Connecticut, this 27th day of October, 2020.

Linda A. Winzer, Town Clerk, Town of Lyme 

Update from the Town Clerk on the Nov. 3 Election

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.