Election Day is fast approaching, and with two contested races in the town of Wilton, voters here will have to make some choices. But if residents don’t get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, they won’t have a say in who becomes first selectman and which two candidates will fill the open seats on the Board of Selectmen.
WIlton is divided into three voting districts defined by population and state legislative representation. Three polling centers — one for each district — will be open from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. on the day of the town election.
District 1 (143rd Assembly District) will vote in the Clune Center at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road.
District 2 (125th Assembly District) will vote at the Cider Mill School gym, 240 School Road.
District 3 (143rd Assembly District) will vote at the Middlebrook School gym, 131 School Road. A voter look-up service and a map of Wilton’s district division can be accessed fromWiltonCt.org/departments/ voter/voter4.asp.
For most new voters, the last day to register in person in the office of the town’s registrars of voters was Tuesday, Oct. 27. Any mail-in applications received that day were processed as well.
The time frame for online registration through the state has expired.
The races for first selectman and Board of Selectmen are contested, but a number of other boards and commissions have open seats for unopposed candidates.
Wilton’s registrars of voters advise that “over-voting” in uncontested races could result in partial ballot rejection. For instance, five candidates are running for constable, all to be elected by default, but the ballot requests a vote for any three. If a voter marks four constables, the tabulating machine will give that voter the option to either fix the mistake or push the ballot through with the race for constable discounted from his or her vote.
“If a voter is in a hurry,” said Democratic Registrar Carole Young-Kleinfeld, “they have theoption of putting that ballot into a locked compartment in the voting machine, and at the end of the night, the officials will process that ballot and override that particular race. Everything else on the ballot will be counted.”
The registrars also advise that the 2015 ballot is double-sided, and encourage voters to fill out that other side, though no under-voted ballots will be rejected.
A sample ballot can be viewed by clicking “Sample Ballot” at WiltonCt. org/departments/voter/voter3. html or by navigating to MyVote.CT.gov and clicking on the link for town-by-town sample ballots.
Click here to view the municipal election voters guide
Information regarding races, including photos and candidate statements for most candidates, can be obtained from the Wilton Bulletin 2015 municipal election Voter Guide (pages 10A-11A), as well as online at WiltonBulletin.com.
One must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election to vote in it.
In all cases, voters must be U.S. citizens and Wilton residents. If previously convicted of a felony, confinement and parole must have been completed.
The registrars will be holding a special registration day in their Town Hall office at 238 Danbury Road on Monday, Nov. 2, the day before the election, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is intended for people who might turn 18, become U.S. citizens, move to Wilton, or be discharged from the military between the registration deadline and Election Day.
Election Day registration
For those who missed the Oct. 27 deadline, Election Day registration will be available in the Town Hall Meeting Room B during polling hours.
Both proof of identity and proof of residence are required.
Registered voters who are ill or physically disabled, who are serving in the military, who will be out of town on Election Day, who serve as poll workers in polling places other than their own, or whose religion forbids secular activity on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot.
In order for absentee votes to count, the completed ballots must be received in the town clerk’s office, located in Town Hall, by Election Day.
Town Clerk Lori Kaback will be accepting walk-in absentee applications and votes until 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Mail-in applications will also be accepted, but there is no guarantee that ballots mailed back out at this stage will arrive at residences in time for the election.
After all polls are closed on Tuesday, the supervising moderator at each polling location will deliver a print report of the district’s election results to the head moderator, Deputy Registrar Kim Nabulsi, in the Town Hall Annex Room A.
Nabulsi will then aggregate the results from the three districts together with the results of the absentee vote, which she and her team are responsible for counting.
She will announce the outcome of the election that night. The voting results are unofficial until they are filed and affirmed by the secretary of the state’s office.