Absentee ballot drop box is outside the police station entrance

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The drop box for absentee ballots is outside the police station at 7 Fan Hill Road. Contributed

MONROE, CT — Voters filling out absentee ballots this election can now bring it to a drop box outside the Monroe Police Department entrance, rather than returning it by mail. Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order requiring municipalities to provide the option for absentee ballots only.

“This will make it easily accessible to the voting public during all hours of the day, including nights and weekends,” Town Clerk Vida Stone said.

Those who mailed in an absentee ballot application, should be receiving a ballot shortly, according to Stone. The absentee ballots became available on July 21, 2020.

Stone said the drop box is in view of a security camera by the entrance.

In addition to the security of the physical drop box, voters should also be aware of the severity of the penalty protecting ballots from being tampered with, Stone said. In Connecticut, tampering with ballots is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, per ballot.

For information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 203-452-2800, ext. 1027, or send an email to [email protected]

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