Town clerk urges voters to drop off absentee ballots

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A drop box for absentee ballots is set up outside Naugatuck Town Hall. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

NAUGATUCK — Due to a delay in the mailing of absentee ballots, Town Clerk Michelle Dowling is urging voters to drop off their absentee ballots for the Aug. 11 primaries at Town Hall.

The state expanded the use of absentee ballots for the presidential primaries due to COVID-19. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill mailed applications for absentee ballots to 1.2 million registered Republicans and Democrats, leading to a spike in applications received by municipal town clerks.

But, the first batch of absentee ballots wasn’t mailed until July 27, about a week later than expected.

As of July 30, Dowling said her office hadn’t received a ballot yet. She expressed concerns that the delay may cause ballots to be late if people mail them back in. She urged voters who fill out absentee ballots to drop them off in the drop box at Town Hall before 8 p.m. Aug. 11.

Dowling added that anyone who applied for an absentee ballot but hasn’t received one yet should call her office at 203-720-7055.