The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 20, 2001


Questions and answers about absentee ballots

Absentee ballots are now available for May 22 election. Here are some frequently asked questions about using an absentee ballot.

Who is eligible for an absentee ballot?

Anyone who is a registered voter in Carlisle by April 30, 2001 at 8 p.m. and:

·is absent from town during the hours the polls are open.

·has a physical disability or permanent disability.

·is absent due to religious belief.

·is admitted to health care facility after noon of the fifth day before the election.

·has been removed from the voters' list, due to non-eturned census. Applicant must sign Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence.

How do you obtain an absentee ballot?

·Application for an absentee ballot can be obtained and filed at the town clerk's office either in person, or by a relative who is also a registered voter in Carlisle.

·Ballots can be voted in person at the town clerk's office.

·Ballots can be mailed to voters who are out of town on election day or disabled.

What is an application for absentee ballot?

·An application for absentee ballot is an affidavit signed by the voter, or registered relative confirming the request and eligibility to vote absentee.

·All applications are then approved or rejected by the board of registrars.

When can you obtain an absentee ballot?

·Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town cIerk's office.

·Deadline for application is noon of the day before election.

When must you return absentee ballots?

·All absentee ballots must be returned by election day between 7 a.m.

and 8 p.m.

·Absentee ballots no longer need to be witnessed.

·The absentee ballot must be placed in the provided envelope and must be filled out in full, signed and sealed.

When is the last day to register to vote?

·April 30, 2001 at 8 p.m.

·If you are already registered to vote at your current address, and have not been declared inactive or removed due to non-response to census, you do not need to register again.

·Party designations are only applicable during primary elections. In a local and general election, party designations are not applicable.