If a registered voter is unable to vote in person on election day, the voter may request an absentee ballot application for one of the following reasons (and for no other reason):
Absence from town during all the hours of voting
Sickness or physical disability
Active service in the armed service
Duties as an election official at a polling place
Religious tenets conflict on day of election
Absentee ballot applications can be obtained by calling the town clerk’s office, mailing the absentee ballot application, or stopping into the office during normal business hours (see above for the hours). The last day to request an absentee ballot is the day before the election.
You must be a registered and active voter in New Britain in order to be eligible to vote via an absentee ballot. If you are a registered voter but have not voted in several elections, you can check with the registrar of voters office at (860) 826-3310 to verify your voting status.
You must return your completed absentee ballot application to the town clerk in the town in which you are a registered voter in Connecticut. You can return your completed application by fax or email as long as you return the original completed and signed application with your voted ballot by the close of the polls on election or primary day. Failure to do so will cause your ballot to not be counted.
The completed absentee ballot application can be mailed to:
Mark H. Bernacki, Town & City Clerk
City of New Britain - Attn: Elections
27 West Main Street - Room #109
New Britain, CT 06051
In Connecticut, if you are a registered voter and :
are a member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty,
are a spouse or dependent of a member of the uniformed services or merchant marine on active duty,
are an activated National Guard member on state orders,
are a U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and intend to return,
are a U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and return is uncertain (federal candidates only), or
are a U.S. citizen and have never resided in the United States (federal candidates only),
you can vote in your prior town of residence. You can request an absentee ballot by using:
The state of Connecticut’s absentee ballot application or
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). One FPCA will suffice for both primary and general election ballots for the calendar year. When you receive your absentee ballot, cast your vote(s) and return the ballot without delay.
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by uniformed services members on active duty, members of the merchant marine, and their spouses or dependents. This applies to general elections for federal offices. If you have applied for a regular ballot from your local election officials and do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Connecticut no later than the close of polls on election day.
2017 Municipal Election/2018 Town Committee Election
New Britain is participating in the SEEC's eCris pilot program for municipal & town committee filing of campaign finance reporting. Please contact Sheri-Lyn Lagueux by email or at (860) 256-2985. All candidates, candidate treasurers, political action committees, or town committees are required to register and file using eCris.