The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we conduct business, educate our children, and go about our daily lives. It has also changed our election process.
In July, the legislature passed a bill, now law, making all residents eligible to vote by absentee ballot (AB) in the November general election citing concern over COVID-19 as their reason. All you need to do is check the appropriate box on the application.
We passed this legislation because it is important that all residents have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in a way that is safe and secure during this public health crisis.
Here’s how the process works:
In September, the Secretary of the State’s (SOTS) office will be mailing absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. You may also access the application online through the SOTS’s website.
Complete your application and return it by mail via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or place it in a designated ballot drop box. Below are the absentee ballot drop box locations for Norwalk and Darien.
- Norwalk Town Hall, 125 East Avenue
- Norwalk Police Department, 1 Monroe Street
- Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road
Once applications have been received, official absentee ballots will be mailed to you beginning October 2, 2020. Complete and return your absentee ballot in the same manner as your absentee ballot application (USPS or Official Ballot Drop Box).
Only immediate family members and health care providers may assist an individual with their ballot.
All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Residents who prefer to vote in person may do so at the usual polling locations between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020. However, if you submit an absentee ballot, but later decide to vote in person, only your in-person ballot will count, and your absentee ballot will be discarded.
Norwalk Town Clerk: Click Here
Darien Town Clerk: Click Here
Absentee Ballot Application: Click Here
Absentee Ballot Fact Sheet: Click Here
Explanation of Absentee Ballot Process: Click Here
Voter Registration Lookup: Click Here
Additional Election Information from the SOTS: Click Here