BRATTLEBORO -- Early and absentee ballots for the special townwide vote on April 17, are now available in the Brattleboro Town Clerk's office. Anyone wishing to vote prior to April 17, may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace.

All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted. Early/absentee ballots remain sealed until election day. Absentee ballot envelopes are opened at the polling place and ballots are processed through vote tabulators in the same manner as those voted in person that day. For more information or to request an early/absentee ballot call 802-251-8157.

Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote in the special vote. If you are registered to vote in Brattleboro, you do not need to register again. If you are unsure if your name is listed as a registered voter in your town or, for more information about voter registration and early/absentee voting, call 802-251-8157.

Office hours for the Brattleboro Town Clerk's office are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Voting on April 17 will be held in the Selectboard Meeting Room of the Municipal Center. Polling hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.