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How to Vote

New Ballot Technology

The Town of Washington uses an optical-scan ballot, which requires voters to complete paper ballots and scan them for verification and tabulation. The technology provides a paper trail for every vote.

Voters may also vote at the polls using the Vote-by-Phone system, which combines a telephone-fax interaction. Designed for the visually impaired, it may be used by any voter instead of the optical scanner.

For information about using either technology, download one of the instructional items below.

How to Use the New Optical Scan Ballot
Download a Sample Optical Scan Ballot, PDF Format
Download a Pocket Instruction Guide (2 pages), PDF Format
Download a 90-second Video

How to Use the Vote-by-Phone System
Download a Pocket Instruction Guide, PDF Format
Download a 1-minute Video

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots may be requested for any of the following reasons:
· illness or physical disability;
· absence from Washington during voting hours;
· religious belief forbidding secular activity on Election Day;
· active military service; or
· the need to serve as an election official at another polling place during all the hours of voting.

You must apply for an absentee ballot. Application forms are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM through 4:30 PM (860-868-2786). You can also request forms by telephone from the office of the Connecticut Secretary of State (860-509-6200).

Forms can also be downloaded online from Secretary of State.

Voters need not apply in person. Parents may request applications for children who are away at school; adult children may request applications for elderly parents. If someone, such as a nursing home staff member, requests over ten applications, a list of voters to whom the forms will be given is required.

When using the mail for any part of the process, leave sufficient time before Election Day for the application to be received by you; the completed ballot to be mailed out by you; and the mailed ballot to be delivered to the Town Clerk no later than Election Day. For ballots being mailed overseas, express mail postage should be included with the application. Express mail postage should also be included if timing is an issue.

As soon as they are available in October, absentee ballots for an election will be given or mailed to those who submit a completed application form, signed by a qualified voter. Absentee ballots for a referendum will be available at Town Hall two days after the Town Meeting that established the referendum date.

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