Are you afraid of voting by mail? This should answer some questions.

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Hearst Connecticut Media decided to test the United States Postal Service to determine if mail-in ballots will reach your town clerk's office by election day. More than 400 letters were mailed throughout Connecticut.

Hearst reported that the news was encouraging. Within three days of the mailings, the letters arrived at the correct destination, but a handful arrived later, and some never arrived at all in a few cases.

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Hearst Media set out to test the postal service's capabilities to ultimately determine if there might be some problems down the road. The methodology was thorough and broken down into three groups. Letters were mailed on three different days to different locations within Connecticut. All letters were sent between 10 and 11 a.m.

According to the methodology results, which can be seen in detail at ctinsider.com, mail delivery was not out of the ordinary. Amy Gibbs, a USPS spokesperson, told Hearst CT Media as of October 1,

The postal service began using additional resources such as expanded procedures, extra transportation, extra delivery, and collection trips, and overtime, to ensure that Election Mail reaches its intended destination in a timely manner.

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My wife and I have made the personal choice to vote by mail in New Fairfield. During the last week in September, we filled out the application for our mail-in ballot, and as instructed, mailed it off to the Town Clerk's office. We received our official personal ballots on Monday, October 5.

You MUST follow the directions on how to fill it out correctly, or your vote won't count. Your ballot must be mailed or dropped off at your town clerk's office in the special envelope sent with your ballot. Please make sure you vote!