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Concerns are being raised in New Milford over absentee ballot applications with a scanned signature of a Democratic Town Committee member.  The Newstimes reports that Joe Baker checked with the Town Clerk’s Office and was told with his reproduced signature was acceptable.  According to state statute, anyone who helps a voter fill out the application is required to provide a ‘wet’ or handwritten signature.  He sent out 5-thousand applications.  A spokesperson for the Secretary of the State's Office says there was a miscommunication with a contractor.  In a letter to the State Elections Enfrocement Commission, it was explained that imprecise language led campaigns to believe that it was permissible to use a reproduced signature.  Any Connecticut resident may vote by absentee ballot again this year citing the pandemic as the excuse.  Connecticut doesn't have no-excuse absentee voting.

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