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Town reminds voters about absentee ballots


October 15, 2020
Gilford is getting ready for Election Day and reminding eligible voters of this available option, which can be used by those concerned about potentially getting COVID-19 at the polls.

The town clerk's office posted a series of notices regarding absentee voting and vote processing on the town website, advising voters about the state and the town's absentee ballot procedures.

Under state law any registered voter in a certain municipality who be unable to come to the polls due to a number of stated reasons can apply for an absentee ballot and turn them into their community of legal residence. Under state law concern about coronavirus is a valid reason for applying for an absentee ballot. Other reasons for why people could apply for an absentee ballot also include physical disability, religious commitment, employment obligation and related commute, and military service during the time of voting.

Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained through the town clerk's office, filled out, and mailed or delivered in person back to the town clerk's office. The form can be found online at https://www.gilfordnh.org/assets/municipal/3/postings/Absentte_Ballot_App_for_11-03-20.pdf, printed, then filled out. The office will then send out the absentee ballots, which will be filled out and delivered back to the town clerk's office.

Ballots must be delivered by hand to the town clerk's office before 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. They have to be received by mail by Nov. 3 or delivered to the polling place by a spouse, sibling, parent, or child with valid ID before polls close.

Absentee ballots will be processed on Election Day at the polling place at the Gilford Youth Center. Pre-processing of absentee ballots already received will take place on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at town hall.

For questions, contact the town clerk's office at 527-4713 or at dlafond@gilfordnh.org.

The testing of the town's Accuvote machines will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

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