A rapidly increasing number of New Canaan voters are requesting and filing absentee ballots for the municipal election, according to Town Clerk Claudia Weber. Asked about the activity since absentee voting opened Oct. 1, Weber said, “The first two weeks of the month it was very, very quiet and now all of the sudden it has picked up dramatically and we are swamped.”
As of midday Wednesday, a total of 546 absentee ballots had been issued, and Weber said she expects to issue more than 1,000 overall—a “much greater” number than in a regular local election year, she said. “In a normal municipal election, pre-COVID, we usually issued less than 200 absentee ballots,” Weber said. It’s unclear whether the high number is also a measure of overall interest in the election.