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                                  PRIMARY ELECTION NEWS for August 11, 2020    (updated 7/27/2020)

                                                     ATTENTION VOTERS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED

                                               A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT:

THE FIRST WAVE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE MAILED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE'S MAIL HOUSE THE WEEK OF JULY 27, 2020.  Thank you for your patience, and please be aware your voted ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on 8/11/2020 by the Town Clerk's office (via mail and the ballot drop box in front of Town Hall) in order to be counted.

This year, due to COVID-19 the Secretary of the State's office has mailed absentee ballot applications to all qualified registered voters enrolled as Democrats or Republicans.  If you previously submitted an absentee ballot application for either April 28 or June 2, it will be honored for August 11th and you will not need to complete another application for absentee ballot. 

If you will not be voting in-person at the polls, complete the absentee ballot application and return it one of three ways:

1).  Mail it in the provided postage-paid envelope to the Town Clerk's office,   2).  Drop it in the Town Clerk's drop box located in the Town Hall lobby, or  3). Bring it to the Town Clerk's office and show I.D.

Once you have submitted a completed absentee ballot application for the primary, a ballot will then be mailed to you with a postage-paid envelope for return.  You may return the completed absentee ballot one of three ways:

1).  Drop it in the secure ballot box outside the front of Town Hall,   2). Mail it in the provided postage-paid envelope to the Town Clerk's office or 3). Bring it to the Town Clerk's office and show I.D.    NOTE:  PLEASE BE AWARE BALLOTS RECEIVED AFTER 8:00PM ON 8/11/2020 WILL NOT BE COUNTED.  

A website link will be provided on the Secretary of the State's website so you may track the status of your absentee ballot or call (203) 315-0678 with any questions.

Voting Information from Denise Merrill

The Town Clerk is responsible for recording, filing, securing all land records and vital statistics, and maintaining document preservation.  It is responsibility of the Town Clerk to collect all municipal fees and state conveyance taxes with property transfers.

The Town Clerk’s purview over vital statistics includes issuing marriage licenses and recording both birth and death certificates.  The office also issues local shellfish permits, dog licenses, and business name registration.

By state statute, the Town Clerk is also responsible for the administration and direction of all elections and referenda.  In this regard, town residents may register to vote through the Clerk’s office, as well as through the Registrar of Voters.

The Town Clerk offers Notary Public services, is an ex-officio member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Branford’s legislative body by town charter, and also serves as clerk to the Board of Finance.



Winners of our 2020 Dog Licensing Poster Contest:  Alexandra, Grade 2 and Halle, Grade 5.  Congratulations and thank you to all participants!