Darien voters must request absentee ballots for special election

Absentee ballots are now being accepted for the special election to replace Senator Carlo Leone, who recently was tapped for a position in Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.

Absentee ballots are now being accepted for the special election to replace Senator Carlo Leone, who recently was tapped for a position in Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.

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DARIEN — The absentee ballot process will work a bit differently for the upcoming special election to replace state Sen. Carlo Leone, who represents the 27th District, including parts of Darien and Stamford.

Town Clerk Donna Rajczewski said while absentee ballot applications were mailed without being requested to voters for the November 2020 election, in this case, the ballots must be actively requested in Darien.

However, similar to November, COVID-19 is an acceptable reason to request voting by absentee ballot, and the ballots can be dropped in the box at Town Hall up until the end of voting on March 2.

To be certain residents are eligible to vote in the special election, alphabetical lists of streets in District 2 and District 4 can be found on the Darien Registrars of Voters website.

Leone, of Stamford, was reelected in November, but was tapped to join Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration as a special adviser to state Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti in early January.

Polls for the residents of the 27th District will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on March 2, but there will not be Election Day registration offered, according to Darien’s Registrar of Voters. Both districts will vote at the Town Hall gym for this election only. District 4 customarily votes at Hindley School.

Pat Billie Miller, of Stamford, is the Democratic candidate for the seat, and Joshua Esses, also of Stamford, is the Republican candidate.

Voters who wish to vote by absentee ballot may obtain an application through the Darien Town Clerk’s Office at 203-656-7307, or the Town Clerk’s website.