Guest Commentary: Nobody told me that

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the upcoming election.

Where and when do I vote?

The general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The following polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Connecticut, unlike several other states, you must be registered in advance to vote in this election. Please note that Miller-Driscoll School is no longer a polling place. Wilton voters should watch for a Voter Alert postcard about their correct polling place.

District 1:

Wilton High School Field House

395 Danbury Road

143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

District 2:

Cider Mill School Gym

240 School Road

125th Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

District 3:

Middlebrook School Gym

131 School Road

143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District

I have not voted recently, how do I know if I am registered?

If you have access to the Internet, you can check the registrars’ Voter Information Look-Up site on the town’s website,, for registration deadlines and sample ballots. Check under Departments, then Registrars of Voters to verify your voter registration status and your polling place. You may also call or leave a message for the registrars at 203-563-0111.

I will be out of town on election day, how do I get an absentee ballot?

Absentee ballots are available in the town clerk’s office until Nov. 5. State law allows absentee balloting only under six conditions: active service in the military, illness, physical disability, religious tenets that forbid secular activity on election day, duties as an election official at a polling place other than your own, and absence from your town during all hours of voting. Applications must be signed by the registered voter.

Voters may come in person to the town clerk’s office to complete an absentee ballot application and cast their ballot at the same time.

Connecticut does not allow the opportunity for “No Excuse” absentee voting. In the absentee ballot application, voters must state the reason for needing an absentee ballot and swear under penalty of false statement such a statement is true. False statement in absentee voting is a Class D felony.

What races are on the ballot this year?

You may cast a ballot for President/Vice President, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representative, and the Registrars of Voters

Some candidates’ names appear on the ballot twice because they are endorsed by two parties. If I vote twice for a candidate on my ballot, will my candidate receive two votes?

No. Connecticut’s voting machines are programmed and tested to recognize “double voting” to ensure that every vote for a cross-endorsed candidate is counted once, but that no such vote is counted twice.

Do write-in votes count?

Yes, under certain conditions. If you choose to write in the name of a candidate who is on the Secretary of the State’s list of registered write-in candidates, write it in the proper box at the bottom of the ballot, and darken the write-in oval for that race, your vote will count. You may also write in a candidate’s name even if that candidate is officially listed on the ballot. If you chose to do so, remember to darken the oval in the write-in box under the appropriate race. All other write-in names will not be recorded or counted for the race.

This is a series of columns in which the Wilton League of Women Voters discusses commonly asked questions about town meetings and elections. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Information:, on Facebook, or P.O. Box 71, Wilton, CT 06897.