the office of secretary of the state made a mistake on the absentee ballot applications they sent out. Absentee ballots are not available by law until july 21 and since the secretary of state is mailing the ballots from rhode island, you might not receive the ballot until july 28.
The town clerk’s office is open to provide services by appointment only. please call us at 860-584-6200 ext. 0 or email us at TOWNCLERK@BRISTOLCT.GOV.
The Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed from April 28, 2020 to August 11, 2020. If you already submitted an absentee ballot application, it will remain valid for the Presidential Preference Primary in August.
An elector may vote by absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:
- Absence from the town during all hours of voting
- Active service in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Physical disability
- Religious tenets which forbid secular activity on election, primary, or referendum day
- Service as an election official at a polling place other than the official’s place of voting
Absentee ballot applications can be obtained simply by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at (860) 584-6200 ext. 0 or by completing an application in our office during business hours. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday hours are 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. The original completed application must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by mail or in person in order to receive an absentee ballot and for your ballot to be counted.
- Military personnel and persons temporarily living overseas may submit a Federal Post Card Application to register and apply for an absentee ballot.
- An application for an absentee ballot may be downloaded from the Secretary of State website.
Permanent Absentee Ballots
Voters with permanent disabilities may be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status. The voter must file an application and a doctor’s certificate stating they have a permanent disability and are unable to appear at the polls. Contact the Town Clerk’s office for further details.