Are New Canaanites undecided this election season?
Published 4:05 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2016
New Canaanites appear undecided in their voting this election season, Town Clerk Claudia Weber said on Tuesday.
According Weber, as of Oct. 18, there have been 1,044 absentee ballots issued,. 238 of which have been returned, the latter of which is a relatively low number with under three weeks to go until the election.
“I do find that a lot more people this year are bringing their ballots home to think about things as opposed to voting on the spot,” Weber said, attempting to explain the number of ballots returned. She added that because the first batch of ballots went out just two weeks ago on Oct. 7, it’s a bit early to tell.
The number of requests for ballots, however, is about on pace with years past.
“If we get 2,000 absentee ballot requests, that would be very much in keeping with any presidential election,” Weber said.
What is unusual this election cycle, Weber said, is the range of locations from which the ballot requests are coming.
“There have been more people than I’ve seen before from other countries sending in absentee ballots,” Weber said.
The office of the Town Clerk has received 123 requests for one form of absentee ballot known as the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which Weber said generally come from expatriates who have been out of the country for an extended period of time.
New Canaan voters from six continents have sent in requests for ballots, including 36 from the United Kingdom, 11 from Switzerland, six from Hong Kong and five from Australia.