Make your voice heard Aug. 9

Polling spots

The Democratic and Republican party primaries will take place Tuesday, Aug. 9. These races will decide the candidates that will appear on the ballot in the November election, therefore only those citizens registered in either party, with party privilege, are eligible to vote in the primary.

What some voters may not know is that with the state's recent redistricting, the Town of Berlin has gone from five polling locations down to three – Willard, Griswold and Hubbard school. To confirm your polling location, visit On the top taskbar, select "departments," and click on "Registrar of Voters." Once on the registrar page, scroll down to “Find your polling location.”

The registrars office can be reached at 860-828-7020 or 860-828-7021.

Absentee voting

Connecticut does not have no-excuse absentee voting but lawmakers did loosen restrictions earlier this year to include caregivers and commuters. The last day to pick up or request an absentee ballot is Aug. 8. All ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on election day.

State law allows voters to receive an absentee ballot if they cannot appear at their assigned polling place on election day because of active service in the military, absence from the town, sickness, religious tenets that forbid secular activity on the day of the election, duties as an election official at a polling place other than their own, or physical disability.

To receive an absentee ballot complete and sign an application and return it to Town Clerk or apply online at


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