The Presidential Preference Primary will be held in the Andover Elementary School gymnasium at 35 School Road on Tuesday, August 11 between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. Social distancing and sanitation measures will be in place; all are required to wear masks. Absentee balloting is another option for you to cast your vote. You should have received a ballot application in the mail from the CT Secretary of the State (SOTS) once you complete the application and return it to the Town Clerk, your ballot will be mailed to you. *Absentee ballots will arrive by mail any day now. You can return your ballot by mail or place it in the drop box in front of the Town Hall. If you need assistance with absentee balloting please contact Carol Lee, Town Clerk at the 860-742-0188 x 2. If you need assistance with your voter registration status you can go to the CT SOTS website and click on either “register to vote” or under elections/voting under voter information. You can also contact the Registrars of Voters also at the 860-742-7305 x 224.
The Town of Andover will have a secure election ballot drop box located at the front entrance to Town Hall at 17 School Road to allow voters to deliver their absentee ballots in person. The polling place at Andover Elementary School at 35 School Road will be open for those who wish to cast their vote in person on the day of the primary. No elector should be denied his or her right to vote for fear of their health during this pandemic.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill mailed every registered Democrat and Republican in the state an application that they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot. That application, which will be sent via U.S. Postal Service, will include a postage paid return envelope. Beginning July 21, 2020, all voters who requested an absentee ballot will receive the ballots in the mail, which will also include a postage paid return envelope.
To vote in either primary, you MUST be registered as a party member. If you are not registered with a political party, you are an Unaffiliated voter. As such, you may change your party affiliation to Democratic or Republican up until noon on August 10, 2020 and be able to vote in the primary on August 11, 2020.
If you are unable to appear at the polls during all hours of voting on Primary Day, you can apply for an absentee ballot. Applications can be requested through the Town Clerk’s office.
If you already applied for an absentee ballot for the original primary date of April 28, 2020 or the previously postponed date of June 2, 2020, you DO NOT need to re-apply. All applications already received will be honored for the August 11, 2020 primary.
Check your voter registration status at: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
Read the Governor's Press Release at:
A quick video on how to fill out an absentee ballot: https://youtu.be/cd36U5BiIow