An unprecedented number of Connecticut voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail for the Nov. 3 election due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. But relatively few have experience with absentee voting. That, combined with recent controversies regarding the U.S. Postal Service, and delays experienced during the primary vote, has many voters concerned about their ability to be counted in the presidential election.

Here is a step-by-step guide for how to vote by mail:

Starting in mid-September, the Secretary of the State will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in Connecticut. Those who wish to vote by mail on Nov. 3 must fill out and return the application. Once applications are verified, voters will be mailed ballots beginning Oct. 2.

If you prefer, you may send in an application now. This is the link for downloading an application:

https://bit.ly/3hwm5Tp.

By Connecticut law, the secretary of the state cannot begin sending absentee ballots to voters until Oct. 2. Voters should fill them out and mail them to the town clerk as quickly as possible. (Unlike ballot applications, ballots cannot be downloaded.)

Absentee ballot applications and ballots also may be placed in one of two official drop boxes. One box is in the parking garage of the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., near the lobby doors. The other is in front of Ferguson Library’s Harry Bennett Branch, 115 Vine Road.

If you prefer to mail your absentee ballot application, address it this way:

Town Clerk – AB Application, 888 Washington Blvd., 1st Floor, Stamford, CT 06901.

Final collection of absentee ballots from the drop boxes will be at 8 p.m. on election day. If you use the post office to mail your ballot, do so by Oct. 27.

If you are unsure of your party affiliation, you may check it here:

https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx.

To register to vote or change your party affiliation, visit:

https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do.

Polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. Verify your polling station here:

https://www.stamfordct.gov/registrar-of-voters/pages/find-your-voting-location.

If you vote by absentee ballot, you may track your ballot here:

https://bit.ly/2EwF41x.

If you are away at college or a second home, you may fill out a ballot application and have your ballot sent there. Contact the town clerk’s office at 203-977-4054 or townclerk@stamfordct.gov. If you apply for an absentee ballot at college but the semester is canceled because of COVID-19 and you return home to Stamford, notify the town clerk at townclerk@stamfordct.gov.

If you are in a foreign country and won’t be able to return home in time to vote, you may submit a form to request an absentee ballot application from abroad. The forms are here:

https://www.fvap.gov.

This application can be submitted electronically; send to townclerk@stamfordct.gov.

Source: Offices of the Stamford town clerk and Connecticut secretary of the state.

Connecticut Media Group