Special Elections FAQ

Some towns may be conducting their annual municipal election on the same day as either the Special Primary for U.S. Senate on April 30, 2013 or on the same day as the Special Election for U.S. Senate on June 25, 2013. Below please find some frequently asked questions regarding this process.

Q: How do I know if my town is holding a dual election?
A: Some towns have chosen to combine their local elections with the special state election and some have chosen not to do this or were unable to. You should contact your town clerk to find out whether your municipal election is the same day as the primary or election. You can look up your clerk’s contact information here.

Q: Why is my town holding two elections at the same time?
A: Elections cost money, and conducting a special election is a cost that many towns were not anticipating. Since many towns were planning their annual town election near the same time as the special election, the state legislature has allowed those towns to combine their local election with the special state primary or election. This allows the town to save money on election costs, like poll workers, police officers, and equipment. Additionally, it makes it more convenient for voters who only have to go to the polls once.

Q: Do I have to vote in both the special election and the municipal election?
A: No. You do not have to vote in both elections. It’s your choice whether to vote in both elections or just the special or election or just the municipal election.

Q: What will the differences be if my town is having the municipal election on the same day as the special election?
A: Technically, you are voting in two different elections, so you will have to check-in twice and there will be two separate ballots.

Q: Why do I have to check-in twice?
A: Every election, voters must check-in before they get their ballot and check-out when casting their ballot. This allows the local election official to keep track of who has voted and how many ballots have been used. Since there are two separate ballots for two separate elections, you will need to check in once for each election in which you will be voting.

Q: If I want to vote in both elections, do I have to get in line twice?
A: Depending on how your polling place is set up, you may have to go through two different lines to get both ballots, but do not need to vote on one ballot before you may get the other.

Q: Will there be two different machines?
A: No. There will be only one tabulator that is programmed to accept and count both ballots. You will, however, need to cast the ballots one at a time. Do not try to insert both ballots together.

Q: How will the dual election affect the accessible marking device, a.k.a. AutoMARK?
A: The AutoMARK will be programmed to accept both ballots. The voter may insert one ballot at a time and mark it as they usually would and can be used to assist any voter in marking the ballots for both elections.

Q: I moved recently. Can I go back to my old polling place to vote?
A: If you have moved within the last six months and you have not yet re-registered at your new address, you may return to your previous polling place to vote in the special state election only. If you have moved out of the town you will be voting in, you may NOT vote in the local election, as you are no longer a resident of that town, but you may still vote in the state election. If you have moved within the same town, you may vote in both elections.