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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Registrar of Voters; What You Need to Know about Voting on November 3rd

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All registered active voters should have received by mail an absentee ballot request by now. If you haven't, please contact the Town Clerk at 860-887-5581 ext. 111.

Upon receiving your absentee ballot request and deciding that you want to vote using an absentee ballot, complete the request and return it by mail using the prepaid postage envelope. You can also drop it off at Town Hall by placing it in the official ballot drop box at the base of the steps at Town Hall. Try to return your request as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for processing your request and the delivery of your absentee ballot.

 To use your absentee ballot, just complete it and drop it in the official ballot drop box in front of Town Hall or mail it in using the prepaid postage envelope that came with your ballot package.  Don't forget to sign and seal the inner envelope before returning your ballot.  Remember that your absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm Election Day at the Town Clerk's office or the official ballot drop box in order to be counted.

After you receive your absentee ballot, you still have the option of voting at the Preston Plains School polling place.  If you decide to vote at the polling place, just destroy your absentee ballot and go to the polling place and vote as you normally would do.

If you return your absentee ballot and later decide you want to vote at the polls, you must go to the Town Clerk's office before 5:00 pm Friday, October 30th to retrieve your absentee ballot.  After that deadline, you cannot retrieve your ballot.

DO NOT RETURN YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT AND ATTEMPT TO VOTE AT THE POLLING PLACE.  THIS IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF ELECTION LAW.

On Election Day, Election Officials will be hard at work ensuring the safety and security of the polling place for those who choose to vote in person.  Voters will enter from the south entrance of Preston Plains Middle School as they normally do and exit from the main entrance/exit that faces Route 164, which provides a single lane  one way path for all voters.  All of the gym will be used for voting with all voting booths in operation to ensure adequate social distancing and minimal delay in voting.  Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available at both the entrance and exit to the polling place.  Furthermore, a dedicated crew will be sanitizing all voting booths and pens used to mark ballots  throughout the day.  On Election Day Preston voters can be assured that their safety and the security of the voting process will be the top priority of Election Officials.

Preston Registrars of Voters

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