Absentee Ballots are handled through the Town Clerk’s office, and represent a complete ballot, identical to the ballots used by voters on Election Day just on a different color paper, as they are tallied separately. Connecticut has specific guidelines for the use of absentee ballots; essentially the voter must testify on their absentee ballot application that they have a reason for not voting at the polls. The form is available at Town Hall or on the web at .sots.ct.gov. Send in an application for your absentee ballot at least one month before the election and mail your completed ballot immediately after you receive your ballot to ensure your vote will be counted. If you can come to the Town Hall, you can complete the process in person after Oct. 4. Any ballots received by the Town Clerk after Nov. 5 will not be counted.