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All Connecticut voters can vote by absentee ballot in August primaries

Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order Wednesday that will allow all registered voters in the state to cast their Aug. 11 primary election votes by absentee ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nobody should need to make a decision between their health and their right to vote,” he said. “Our state has taken every responsible step to this point to ensure that our residents are safe, and the next step we must take is to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 when Connecticut residents cast their ballots. We must guarantee access to the ballot, and this is a way to do that during these extraordinary circumstances. I do not take this decision lightly, and it is with the public health and welfare of residents in mind.”

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said every registered voter will be mailed an application they need to fill out and return — it will include a postage-paid envelope — in order to obtain an absentee ballot. All voters who request an absentee ballot will receive one in the mail. Additionally, each municipality will have a secure dropbox to allow voters to drop off their ballots.


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