112th District Race: Hundreds of Monroe residents opt to vote by absentee

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Town Clerk Vida Stone picks up absentee ballots from a drop box the the Monroe police station.

MONROE, CT — Voters who are still uneasy about the COVID-19 pandemic, and others who will be out of town on Tuesday, April 13, have requested absentee ballot applications, so they can support their candidate in the three-way-race for the Connecticut General Assembly’s vacant 112th District seat, representing Monroe and portions of Newtown.

On Friday, Monroe Town Clerk Vida Stone reported issuing 458 absentee ballot applications. So far, 120 have been filled out and returned.

“We will definitely get over 500 mailed out by the end of today,” she said in an interview in her office at Monroe Town Hall.

Stone said voters can issue an absentee ballot before 8 p.m. on election day, the time the polls close. But she encourages those wishing to vote by absentee to do so as soon as possible to ensure their ballot is processed.

Those who receive their ballot in the mail, but change their mind and decide to show up and vote in person should destroy the ballot, Stone said.

Absentee ballots are sorted by district. By early Friday afternoon, 150 were issued in District 1, 79 in District 2, 54 in District 3 and 175 in District 4.

She said the best way to return filled out ballots is to use the drop box at the Monroe Police Department, which is available 24/7.

The 112th District seat opened up in February when J.P. Sredzinski, a Republican from Monroe, resigned.

His treasurer, Monroe Town Councilman Tony Scott was endorsed by Republicans to run in a special election on April 13. Democrats endorsed Nick Kapoor, a Monroe native serving on the Board of Education, and William “Bill” Furrier, of Newtown, decided to run as an Independent.

How to vote absentee

Assistant Town Clerk Sandra Maleski, left, with, from left, Assistant Town Clerk Barbara Agee and Town Clerk Vida Stone.

Below is information on absentee voting, which can be found on the town website.

Absentee Ballot Application and Absentee Ballot Return Methods:

Click here if you need to check on your voter registration

Click below for an absentee ballot application for the Special Election for the 112th Assembly District

Click here for an absentee ballot application for Military voters or currently living overseas

Click here to view a sample of  the ballot.

Application and Ballot Return Methods:

Secure Drop Box is located outside the front doors of the Monroe Police Department Lobby and is available to you 24/7. This is a secure location and is monitored. The box is emptied by the Town Clerk’s Office several times per day.

USPS: Town Clerk’s Office, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468

An absentee ballot may be applied for by any qualified registered voter unable to vote due to the following reasons:

• COVID-19
• Illness or physical disability
• Absence from town during all election hours
• Religious beliefs forbidding secular activity on election day
• Serving as an election official at a polling place other than your own

For information, email Town Clerk Vida Stone at [email protected] or call the office at 203-452-2811.

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