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Town Clerk: New Canaan Absentee Ballot Demand Rises Tenfold

The New Canaan town clerk will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to accommodate the increased need in Hurricane Sandy's wake.

 

With more than two-thirds of New Canaan still powerless, town officials say they’ve received more than 10 times the typical number of absentee ballot applications since Hurricane Sandy leveled trees and power lines Monday night.

According to New Canaan Town Clerk Claudia Weber, her office has received more than 2,000 applications and 1,400 ballots back—a typical year sees about 200.

“This is huge,” Weber told Patch as her staff addressed questions from residents who emerge daily from their dark homes into the powered downtown area.

With an influx of absentee ballots cast, Weber said she is opening the Town Clerk’s office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to accommodate residents who feel they may not be able to cast a vote on Election Day.

The hours are extended for absentee ballots, not for the Nov. 6 election voting itself, Weber said.

The state’s major utility and the one that serves New Canaan, Connecticut Light and Power, has said that all polling locations will be powered up by Election Day. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi told Patch that both local polling places, Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School, are expected to have power by Election Day.

New Canaan Patch will have more information when it becomes available.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, CL&P says 68 percent of New Canaan is without power. That figure has held since early Tuesday while surrounding towns have seen the number of homes regain power.

Leslie Yager November 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Black lab dog therapy in order when you finish all your hard work, Claudia!
Teri November 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM
A top civil rights lawyer, Norm Pattis, thinks Morgan Stanley banker William Jennings has a good case to sue the Darien PD/Town for violations to his civil liberties...for the bad arrest they did in his hate crime charges. This was the man a NYC cabbie said stabbed him and the Stamford ASA just dropped the charges. www.teribuhl.com
Peter Accinno November 02, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I commend Claudia for reaching out with extended hours for absentee voting. With the storm and clean-up, people will be out of town, so the chance to vote early was and is much appreciated. Thank you Claudia.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Love your country? Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight, Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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