Absentee Ballots

If a registered voter is unable to vote in person on Election Day, s/he may apply to the Town Clerk for an absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • For the August 2020 Presidential and State Primary, all voters can vote by absentee due to the COVID-19 virus, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order No. 7QQ.  Just check the COVID-19 box the application.  Applications were sent in the mail by the Secretary of State.  These applications, have a bar code specific to the voter.  If possible, please use that form to request an absentee ballot.  
  • Absence from the Town during all of the hours of voting
  • Illness
  • Physical disability
  • Active service in the armed forces
  • Duties as an election official at a polling place
  • Religious tenets

Before a ballot can be issued to the voter, an application must be completed and returned to the Wilton Town Clerk’s office. The application can be obtained on The Office of the Secretary of the State website or in person or by mail from the Wilton Town Clerk’s office.

Once the application is completed, you may return it to the Wilton Town Clerk in person, by mail, or by fax: Wilton Town Clerk, 238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, phone (203) 563-0106; Fax (203) 563-0130, or via email.

Please Note: If you fax or email the application to the Wilton Town Clerk, you must also mail the original completed application with your original signature to the Town Clerk, either separately or with your absentee ballot. If your application with your original signature is not received by the close of the polls on the day of the election or primary, your absentee ballot will not be counted.

Regarding the August primary your voted ballot MUST be received in the Town Clerk's Office by August 11, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.

Absence or inability to vote in person does not mean that you must forfeit your right to vote! Voters are urged to contact the Wilton Town Clerk’s office at (203) 563-0106 with any specific questions.


Permanent Absentee Ballot

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.

In General

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.

Elibigility

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.

Procedure

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.


Military or Overseas Voter Absentee Ballots

The federal MOVE ACT (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) was signed into law by President Obama on October 28, 2009 and makes provisions for mailing a ballot electronically (meaning by email or fax), upon request, to a voter who is in the military, an eligible spouse or dependent or a US citizen living outside the country. Electronic voting is only for elections that have federal offices on the ballot.

To request a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. Once the application is completed, you may return it to the Wilton Town Clerk in person, by mail, or by fax: Wilton Town Clerk, 238 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, phone (203) 563-0106; Fax (203) 563-0130, or via email.

If you fax or email the application to the Wilton Town Clerk, you must also mail the original completed application with your original signature to the Town Clerk, either separately or with your absentee ballot. If your application with your original signature is not received by the close of the polls on the day of the election or primary, your absentee ballot will not be counted. Absence or inability to vote in person does not mean that you must forfeit your right to vote! Voters are urged to contact the Wilton Town Clerk’s office at (203) 563-0106 with any specific questions.

If you are not military personnel, an overseas voter or their dependent, please follow the instructions outlined above to request an absentee ballot.