August 2, 2021

Delay Announced in Mailing Absentee Ballots for Aug. 11 Primary

The official Ballot Box outside Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Town of Lyme website.

LYME/OLD LYME – The Town Clerks of both Lyme and Old Lyme published notices Thursday and Friday last week respectively on their town websites regarding the Aug. 11 Primary stating, “The State of Connecticut has informed us there was a delay in the mailing of the absentee ballots from the mail house in Rhode Island.”

The statement continues, “Town Clerks have been assured that the ballots were mailed beginning Monday, July 27, so you should be receiving yours soon if you sent in an application for one.”

The website pages with the statement from the Town Clerks for the Town of Lyme and the Town of Old Lyme also offer comprehensive information for voters on how to complete and submit the Absentee Ballot.

The Primaries being held are both Democratic and Republican and also include the Presidential Primaries.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

The official Ballot Box outside Old Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Old Lyme Selectman’s Office.

As these are primaries, individuals must be registered in either the Democratic or Republican party to be eligible to vote. The deadline has passed for an enrolled elector to transfer from one party to another to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Primary.

If you are a new voter and wish to enroll in a party to vote in the primary, mail-in applications must be postmarked, or received by the Registrar of Voters by/on Aug. 6, 2020.

If you are an unaffiliated voter and wish to enroll in a party, the mail-in application must be received (not simply postmarked) by the Registrar of Voters by/on Aug. 6, 2020.

The in-person enrollment deadline for new voters and unaffiliated voters enrolling in a party at town hall is Aug. 10, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Absentee ballots can either be mailed to the respective town hall or dropped off in the official ballot drop box. This latter method allows a contact-less and secure method to submit your ballot. Check the messages from the Town Clerks referred to above, which are on the town websites, for the latest information.

Old Lyme has relocated its polling place from the Cross Lane Firehouse to the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School gymnasium at 53 Lyme St., Old Lyme, where there is ample parking.

Lyme’s polling place remains at Lyme Town Hall.

For further information, contact the Lyme Town Clerk at 860-434-7733 or the Old Lyme Town Clerk’s office at 860-434-1605 x 220 or x 221 or visit the Town of Lyme website or the Town of Old Lyme website.

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