The absentee ballot process is now underway for the Nov. 3, 2020 election, with an initial mailing of roughly 2 million absentee ballot applications to registered voters in Connecticut being sent out by a mail house hired by the Secretary of State’s Office, and while there are instructions included with the ballots, many voters still have questions. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your vote counts.

Question: I applied for an absentee ballot for the August Primary, do I need to send in another application for the November Election?

Answer: YES

Question: Is there a deadline for applications to be received?

Answer: Applications should be mailed back or dropped in the Election Drop Box as soon as possible. If you do not have your completed application in by Oct. 26, it may cause your ballot to be received late.

Question: Can I put my absentee application/ballot in the drop box?

Answer: YES

Question: Can you tell me if you have received my absentee application/ballot?

Answer: You may track when your ballot is mailed to you after Oct. 2 at

Question: When will I receive my ballot?

Answer: Ballots start to go out on Oct. 2. If you have sent in your application and do not receive a ballot by Oct. 14, please contact Southington Town Clerk at (860-276-9430) or the Berlin Town Clerk at (860-828-7036).

Question: I have received my absentee ballot and now I changed my mind and I would like to vote at the polls, can I?

Answer: YES, as long as you did not send in or drop off your ballot. Simply discard the ballot.

Question: Does the absentee ballot have to be postmarked by Nov. 3?

Answer: NO – the ballot must be RECEIVED by mail or in the Election Drop Box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Question: I just registered to vote and received an absentee ballot application with my confirmation from the Registrar of Voters Office. A return envelope was not included with the packet, how should I return my application?

Answer: You may place it in the Election Drop Boxes located at your local Town Hall.