Permanent absentee ballots available to the disabled

Permanent absentee ballot voting has been enacted by Connecticut Public Act 12-57 for the convenience of those who are permanently disabled and are unable to vote in person at their polling location, Stratford Town Clerk Susan M. Pawluk announced recently.

Permanent absentee ballot status enables the voter to automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election, primary, or referendum in the municipality in which they are eligible to vote. Ballots become available 21 days before a primary election and 31 days before an general election.

Those would like to be added to the permanent absentee ballot list are instructed to mail in an absentee ballot application and a letter from a physician on letterhead certifying your permanent disability. Applications are available in the Stratford Town Clerk’s office, and can be requested by telephone by calling 203-385-4020 or by mail.

Those with computer access can obtain absentee ballot applications through or the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s website at

Permanent absentee ballot voters will receive a written notice each January from the registrar of voters to make sure you still reside at the address listed on your application.

It is important to respond to those notices, Pawluk said.

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