Manchester, Connecticut

Election Information

COVID-19 - OFFICE PROCEDURE CHANGE:
 

The Town Clerk's office is closed indefinitely to the public. The office will be staffed and services will be provided to the public by the following methods.


Federal & State Election:

  1. The General Election date is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Polls are open 6 AM-8 PM
  2. The State will be mailing an Absentee Ballot application to all registered voters beginning Sept. 8th for the November 3rd election. This application will include COVID-19 as an option to request an absentee ballot. If you would like to vote safely in person see Polling Places below.
  3. Absentee Ballots will be available to issue October 2nd by the Town Clerk's Office. See the "Absentee Ballot" section below for further information and forms.

Submitting applications for Absentee Ballot: application form
  1. Use official drop box or apply by mail. (submit completed application) see location below.
  2. E-mail completed application. townclerkdept@manchesterct.gov (original app must still be received by the office before Election Day for the vote to count.)
  3. All AB applications already received for the Nov. election by the Town Clerk's Office will be used for the Nov. election. If a submitted application for the Nov. election had the Primary date listed, this application cannot be accepted. Please submit a new application that lists the Nov. election date.
  4. Once the application is received, Town Clerk staff will proceed to process and return the final product by mail beginning Oct. 2nd as long as all requirements are met.  
  5. For a step by step process of how to obtain, fill out and submit your application and then your voted ballot, click here.

Absentee Ballot Info. Sheet:
How Do I Vote Absentee (English, Spanish, Bengali)
What To Do When Your Ballot Arrives (English, Spanish, Bengali)


Location for Official Ballot drop box or Mail:
Manchester Town Clerk's Office
41 Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040

*White drop box is located to the front southwest corner of the Town Hall, set where the front walkway begins and at the entrance between the Town Hall and the Fire Station.


Any questions regarding Absentee Ballot information can be submitted by phone (860-647-3037) or e-mail (townclerkdept@manchesterct.gov)


Questions that are not related to Absentee Ballots, contact the Registrars of Voters office at 860-647-3025. For further information, forms and services go to their webpage at https://registrar.townofmanchester.org/   

Absentee Ballots: For further information regarding Absentee Ballots & Applications, please click here or scroll down to the FAQ section under "Absentee Ballots."

Polling Places:
If you plan on voting in person, all regular polling places will be open 6AM-8PM. Polling locations will be set up following CDC and Health Department approved Safe Polling Guidelines. Manchester Voting Safety Plan For more information, please scroll down to the FAQ section under "In-person Polling Places."


2020 Election Information FAQ

Registering To Vote: 

In order to vote in the Federal & State Election on November 3rd, individuals must be registered to vote.

How do I register to vote?
You can obtain Voter Registration Applications by contacting the Registrars of Voters Office at (860) 647-3025, or via the Secretary of the States website:
https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do. All completed forms should be mailed to: 

Registrars of Voters, 

479 Main Street, PO Box 191, 

Manchester, CT  06045-0191.

How do I verify that I'm registered to vote?
Visit the Voter Registration Lookup Portal here: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

When is the last day I can register by mail-in?
The last day for mail-in registration for new voters or unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party is October 27, 2020. For more info. visit:
http://registrar1.townofmanchester.org/index.cfm/extended-voter-sessions/

When is the last day I can register in-person?
The last day for in-person registration at the Registrars of Voters Office of new voters or unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party is 8 PM on October 27, 2020. For more info. visit:
http://registrar1.townofmanchester.org/index.cfm/extended-voter-sessions/

 

Absentee Ballots:

Any absentee ballot applications received for the primary election cannot be used again for the November election. A new application must be completed and submitted to the Town Clerk's Office. 

How are Absentee Ballots Processed and Secured?
As soon as we receive a ballot, the name of the voter on the outer envelope is entered into the "Connecticut Voter Registration System." When done, the unopened ballot envelope is secured in the Town Clerk Vault.  It stays secured until Election Day. All the ballots are sorted by voting district and turned over to the Registrars of Voters. It is their responsibility to oversee the counting of the ballots by appointed ballot counters. The ballot envelope consists of:

1. An outer envelope that has a serial number or bar code and the name and address of the voter.  Once opened the "Outer Envelopes" are placed in a large envelope that when filled is secured and closed with non-removable tape.

2. When that is done, the "Inner Envelope"  that the voter has signed goes through the same process.

3. When that is done, the Vote Counters now have a ballot only with no name of the voter and begin counting the ballot.  The ballots then pass through the voting machine like the one at the polling place. 

4.  After the ballots have been counted, they then are secured in a lockable bag which is then returned to the Town Clerk Vault.

In order to be counted, ballots must be received by the close of the polls on Election Day.

Pending a recount, these ballots are kept secured in the vault for twenty-two months or six months for a "Town Election." 

In the event of a recount or contested election, all ballots received by the close of the polls on Election Day are counted. 

Who may vote by Absentee Ballot?
Any qualified registered voter unable to vote due to the following reasons:
  • Illness or physical disability - electors with permanent disabilities eligible for permanent AB status MUST submit with their application a doctor's certificate (on their letterhead) stating they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear in person at their polling place. Per State regulation, this must be submitted annually.
  • Absence from town during all election hours
  • 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
  • COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 7QQ
     

How do I apply for an Absentee Ballot?

  1. Register to Vote 
You must be registered to vote in order for your absentee ballot application to be honored. You can obtain Voter Registration Applications by contacting the Registrars of Voters Office at (860) 647-3025, or via the Secretary of the States website: https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do

    All completed forms should be mailed to:
    Registrars of Voters, Ab
    479 Main Street, PO Box 191, 
    Manchester, CT  06045-0191.

    You may confirm your voter registration status online at https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx or by contacting the Registrar’s Office. 
     
     
       2. Obtain an Application to vote by Absentee Ballot
    The State will send all registered voters an absentee ballot application on a rolling basis between Tuesday, September 8th, and Friday, September 11th. If a voter needs to submit an application sooner or does not receive one by the end of September, online ballot applications are available to print and fill out below. It is also available in Spanish at myvote.ct.gov/absentee.
     
    Online Ballot Applications:
    *If you submitted an application for the November election that listed the Primary election date, this application cannot be accepted. Please submit a new application that lists the November election date.  
     
     
         3. Fill Out & Submit Your Application 
    If a voter would like to vote by absentee ballot instead of voting at the polls, they must complete, sign and return the original application to the Town Clerk’s Office ASAP.  Applications may be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office or left in the white official ballot drop box. See location below. If you choose to mail-in your application, please allow adequate time for two-way mail service. If you’re unable to allow for adequate mail time, we encourage you to leave your application in the secure drop box.

    Town Clerk’s Office Mailing Address:
    Manchester Town Clerk's Office
    41 Center Street
    Manchester, CT 06040

    Drop Box:
    The drop box is a secure locked box that holds absentee ballot applications and ballots. It is emptied regularly and the voted ballots are secured in the Town’s vault until they are counted on Election Day. 

    Location: The Official Ballot Drop Box is white and is located to the front southwest corner of Town Hall, set where the front walkway begins and at the entrance between the Town Hall and the Fire Station. (41 Center Street, Manchester, CT 06040).
     
     
     
    What do I do when my Absentee Ballot arrives?
    On October 2nd the ballots become available to be issued. The Town Clerk’s office will begin mailing out the actual ballots beginning October 2nd to voters who requested an absentee ballot by application. 
    Once the ballot is received by the voter, we ask that voters carefully read and follow the instructions including: 
    - Filling in your choice on the ballot
    - Inserting the voted ballot into, signing and sealing the inner B envelope 
    - Inserting the inner B envelope into the return C envelope
     
    The voter must return the voted ballot package to the Town Clerk’s office ASAP. Mail to the office or drop off in the white official ballot drop box. See location below. Ballots received after Election Day will not be counted. If you choose to mail-in your ballot, please allow adequate time for two-way mail service. If you’re unable to allow for adequate mail time, we encourage you to leave your ballot in the secure drop box.

     

    Any qualified voter already out of town may have an application mailed to them.  However, you MUST allow sufficient time for mailing and returning the application AND the ballot.

    VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT HAS PRIVACY PROTECTIONS SIMILAR TO VOTING BY MACHINE.

    YOUR NAME WILL  NOT BE CONNECTED TO YOUR VOTE WHEN IT IS TALLIED!

    Where are mail-in an absentee ballot drop boxes located?
    The Ballot Drop Box is located to the front southwest corner of Town Hall, set where the front walkway begins and at the entrance between the Town Hall and the Fire Station. (
    41 Center Street, Manchester, CT 06040)

    My spouse/friend/other received an absentee ballot application, why didn't I?
    The "General Election Nov 3rd" is open for all voters. Residents who were not registered to vote by Mid August, will not receive an absentee voter application from the State. New voters who register after that time will receive an absentee ballot application with their confirmation letter.

    I always vote at the polls, why did I get an absentee ballot application?
    Governor Lamont issued executive order 7QQ that allows any active voter, who is concerned about Covid19, to vote by absentee ballot in the November 3rd General election. The Secretary of the State’s office provided the application with a postage-paid envelope.

    If I return an absentee ballot, can I still go to the polls?
    If you are returning an un-voted ballot: Any elector who has returned an absentee ballot to the Town Clerk and who finds such elector is able is able to vote in-person shall proceed before five o'clock PM on the last day before the election to the Town Clerk Office and request the ballot to be withdrawn. (See Connecticut General Statue "Sec. 9-159o. attached for the remainder of this process).

    In-Person Polling Places: 

    What are the polling locations in Manchester?

    1

    Robertson School

    65 North School Street

    2

    Manchester High School

    Brookfield Street Entrance

    3

    Buckley School

    250 Vernon Street

    4

    Waddell School

    163 Broad Street

    5

    Highland Park School

    397 Porter Street

    6

    Martin School

    140 Dartmouth Road

    7

    Keeney School

    179 Keeney Street

    8

    Verplanck School

    126 Olcott Street

    9

    Bennet Academy Cone Gym

    Wells Street Entrance

    For more info. please visit: http://registrar1.townofmanchester.org/index.cfm/polling-places/

    Voting map http://registrar.townofmanchester.org/documents/StreetMap2018_VotingDistricts.pdf

    What safety protocols are being put in place to ensure safe access to polling places?
    Please read the Manchester Voting Safety Plan for more details.

    What am I required to bring with me when I vote in-person at a polling location?
    Please visit this page for more details: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/FAQ/FAQ---Voter-Identification


    Election Results:

    Where can I view election results?
    Election Night Reporting
    To view election results, click on the Election Night Reporting link above. From the select election dropdown, choose an election date for desired results. For town results, go to the select town tab and choose a town from the map.   

    2019 Election Info:

    UNOFFICIAL RESULTS INCLUDING QUESTION
    (for Nov 5th, 2019 election)

     

    Please call the Town Clerk's Office for information regarding deadlines for voting by Absentee Ballot and for emergency use of Absentee Ballots at 860-647-3037.  
     

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