Absentee ballots are available to eligible voters unable to vote at their regular polling place in any election, primary or referendum due to the following reasons:
Absence from town during election hours
Illness or physical disability
Religious beliefs forbidding secular activity on election day
Serving as an election official at a polling place other than your own
Active service in the Armed Forces
*We cannot mail ballots for a referendum authorized to be held with less than three weeks notice. You must designate someone on the application to come in to obtain your ballot if you cannot come in to the office in person for this type of referendum.
To obtain an application for an absentee ballot for a referendum to be held with less than three weeks notice, click on the link below:
Absentee Ballot Application for Referendum Authorized to be Held With Less Than 3 Weeks Notice
To obtain an application for an absentee ballot for election, click on the link below:
Absentee Ballot Application
The applicant must complete the application and return it to: Town Clerk's Office, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. We will send the ballot and instructions as soon as State Law allows, which is generally about a month prior to scheduled vote. We must receive the completed ballot back in our office by election day in order for the vote to count.
Please Note: an application must first be completed and then the ballot can be issued to the applicant in person or mailed to the address indicated on the application
A ballot cannot be issued in person to anyone other than the applicant.
The Secretary of the State has unveiled a new web feature allowing voters to confirm their voter registration and locate polling places. You may visit www.sots.ct.gov and click the "Vote-EZ-CT" link or click on the direct link at http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/lookup.aspx
Public Act 12-57, “An Act Concerning Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for the Permanently Disabled” created
permanent absentee balloting status for certain individuals and became
effective January 1, 2013.
To be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status, an elector must file with the Town Clerk an absentee ballot application together with a doctor’s certificate stating that they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at their polling place. The doctor’s note should be on letterhead. There is no prescribed form—the doctor’s note and the absentee ballot application would satisfy the requirement of the law.
Permanent absentee ballot status enables the elector to receive an absentee ballot for each election, primary, and referendum in the municipality in which they are eligible to vote. Absentee ballots are available 21 days before a Primary and 31 days before an Election.
In January of each year the Registrars of Voters will send written notice to each elector with permanent absentee ballot status to determine if the elector continues to reside at the address on the permanent absentee ballot application. If the elector fails to respond to the notice, the permanent absentee ballot status will be removed, but the elector will remain on the voter registration list.
The Freedom of Information Commission has indicated that they feel that any doctor’s note on file with the Town Clerk is not subject to disclosure. The original absentee ballot application, however, would continue to be subject to disclosure just like any other application for absentee ballot.