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Absentee Ballots Available, Special Saturday Hours For Next Referendum

The next town referendum, to vote only on the proposed education budget, will be held on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 am until 8 pm, in the Newtown Middle School gymnasium.

Pursuant to Conn. General Statutes Sec. 7-6, any person who is a registered voter in the Town of Newtown or who is a US citizen who is assessed at least $1,000 for the real estate or motor vehicles on the 2012 Grand List for the Town of Newtown is qualified to vote at the referendum. Absentee  ballots are available for the referendum during Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

In addition, the Town Clerk’s office will have special hours on Saturday, June 1, 9 am until noon, for the sole purpose of absentee ballot voting for June 4.

Any qualified person who meets any of the following criteria may vote by absentee ballot: 1) active service in the Armed Forces, 2) absence from town during all the hours of voting, 3) illness, 4) physical disability, 5) religious tenets which forbid secular activity on the day of the referendum, or 6) duties as a referendum official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours of voting.

As per Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 9-140 and 9-369c, for a referendum held with less than three weeks notice, absentee ballots may be obtained by applying at the Town Clerk’s office in person or designating one of the following to be a designee: 1) a person caring for you because of your illness, including but not limited to a licensed physician or a registered practical nurse, 2) a member of your family, 3) a police officer in the municipality in which you reside or 4) a registrar of voters or deputy registrar of voters in the municipality in which you reside.

Absentee ballots can be returned in person to the Town Clerk by 4:30 pm Monday, June 3, or by mail or designee before the closing of the polls on Referendum day (8 pm Tuesday, June 4).

For additional information contact Town Clerk’s Office at 203-270-4210.

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