Absentee Ballots Permitted To Be Mailed To Voters Starting Today (Oct. 1)

Under Connecticut state law, Town Clerks are permitted to mail absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 municipal election to voters who have requested them, starting today (Oct. 1).  Due to COVID-19, all voters are permitted to vote by absentee ballot rather than appear at the polls for the November 2, 2021, Municipal Election.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, we encourage you to Vote Row A and elect the following candidates:

  • Steven Mattson for First Selectman
  • John Kiker for Selectman
  • Bob House for Board of Finance
  • Alan Sheiness for Board of Finance
  • Jim Miller for Board of Finance Alternate
  • John Kiker for Board of Assessment Appeals
  • Phyllis Ross for Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Anne Littlefield for Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate
  • Mary Stone for Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate
  • Fred Harger for Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Toni Phillips for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
  • Mary Stone for Library Board of Directors
  • Laura Mooney for Library Board of Directors
  • Anna James for Board of Education

We have recruited some of Lyme’s best and brightest to run this November – highly qualified, dedicated individuals who love our town and whose expertise can benefit our boards and commissions.  They want Lyme to stay the beautiful, historic place that it is.  And they need your vote.

If you plan to vote by absentee ballot, but haven’t submitted your absentee ballot application yet, click on this link to download an Absentee Ballot Application.

Here are some additional tips for voting by absentee ballot that were provided earlier by the Lyme Town Clerk:

  • When you receive your ballot packet, it will contain five items: the outer envelope (designated with the letter “C”), the inner envelope (designated with the letter “B”), an instruction pamphlet, a flyer regarding the ballot drop box and the ballot.
  • Fill out your ballot, darkening only ONE oval per column.  (Click here to see a sample ballot.) You may see the candidate you wish to vote for listed more than once, which indicates they were endorsed by more than one party.  DO NOT FILL IN ALL OVALS FOR THAT CANDIDATE, darken one oval only.
  • Insert the ballot into the inner “B” envelope and seal it.  YOU MUST SIGN AND DATE THIS ENVELOPE IN ORDER FOR YOUR VOTE TO COUNT.  This is part of statutory election law.  I cannot stress this enough.  Ballots in unsigned envelopes will not be counted.
  • Insert the inner “B” envelope into the outer “C” envelope and seal it.
  • Deliver your completed ballot to the Official Ballot Drop Box on the sidewalk of Lyme Town Hall.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit an application if you wish to vote by absentee ballot.The sooner you submit your application, the better.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to complete your ballot and deliver it.Ballots received after polls close will not be counted.  If you choose to mail your ballot rather than deposit it in the Official Ballot Drop Box and it is not received by the close of polls, it will not count.
  • Voters may still appear at the polls to vote in person on November 2 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming election, you may email the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org or call the Town Clerk at the Town Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.