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Towns to Receive Grants to Support Absentee Ballot Processing

The absentee ballot application reads that you must put in an excuse to make use of your absentee ballot application. Photo credit: Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie

West Hartford returned 2,691 absentee ballots in 2018 and 18,434 in 2020, and the town is slated to receive a grant of $28,011.04.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Town clerks in every Connecticut municipality will receive a grant of at least $1,000 to help process and count absentee ballots during the general election in November, the secretary of the state’s office announced Tuesday. In a press release, Secretary of the State Mark Kohler said that a total of about $1 million will be sent to towns to support local election officials in processing what is expected to be an increased number of absentee ballots as a result of recent changes to state law, making it easier for residents to vote by mail.

“[W]ith the unprecedented number of absentee ballots returned in 2020 and the recent expansion of the eligibility for absentee balloting, I don’t believe that towns have enough financial support going forward, state and federal officials should step it up and fully fund elections,” Kohler said.

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