Disabled Voters To Receive Absentee Ballots

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Disabled voters with permanent absentee ballot status will no longer have to apply each to receive a ballot.

A new law taking effect Tuesday allows people with the status to automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election, primary and referendum in the municipality where they’re eligible to vote.

The law requires registrars of voters to send a notice each January to determine whether the disabled voter still resides at the address on their application. If a notice isn’t returned within 30 days or it’s returned as undeliverable, the registrars must remove the voter from permanent absentee ballot status, but not the voter registry list.

To be eligible for the status, electors file an application with a doctor’s note stating they have a permanent disability and can’t vote in person.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. )

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