Permanent Absentee Ballots
There are recent changes to the law which allow for a permanent absentee ballot status to be given to those who are permanently physically disabled. The elector must apply for this status by completing an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) and submitting a letter from their Health Care Provider. While the law does not prescribe an official form to be used, we suggest the letter from the elector’s Health Care Provider be on letterhead, indicate a permanent disability (the specifics of the disability are not necessary) and state that the elector is permanently unable to appear in person at the polls.
Once you are in our system with a permanent absentee ballot status you will then receive a letter once a year confirming this information. Please send the completed application and the letter from your Health Care Provider to:
Greenwich Town Clerk
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
Permanent Absentee Ballots in the Law
Section 9-140e of the Connecticut General Statutes
(a) Any elector who is permanently physically disabled and who files an application for an absentee ballot with a certification from a primary care provider, indicating that such elector is permanently physically disabled and unable to appear in person at such elector's designated polling location, shall be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status and shall receive an absentee ballot for each election, primary or referendum conducted in such elector's municipality for which such elector is eligible to vote. Such elector's permanent absentee ballot status shall remain in effect until such elector: (1) Is removed from the official registry list of the municipality, (2) is removed from permanent absentee ballot status pursuant to the provisions of this section, or (3) requests that he or she no longer receive such permanent absentee ballot status.
(b) The registrars of voters shall send written notice to each such elector with permanent absentee ballot status in January of each year, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, for the purpose of determining if such elector continues to reside at the address indicated on the elector's permanent absentee ballot application. If (1) such written notice is returned as undeliverable, or (2) not later than thirty days after such notice is sent to the elector, the elector fails to return such notice to the registrars of voters, as directed on the form, the elector in question shall be removed from permanent absentee ballot status. If such elector indicates on such notice that the elector no longer resides at such address and the elector's new address is within the same municipality, the registrars of voters shall change the elector's address pursuant to section 9-35 and such elector shall retain permanent absentee ballot status. If the elector indicates on such notice that the elector no longer resides in the municipality, the registrars of voters shall remove such individual from the registry list of the municipality and send such individual an application for voter registration. Failure to return such written notice shall not result in the removal of an elector from the official registry list of the municipality.