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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