Election Day round-up: Who, what, where

With every Wilton voter expected to make nine decisions this Election Day, things can get pretty confusing inside polling stations.

Anyone in town registered to vote (or not-yet registered to vote) can head to the polls this Tuesday, Nov. 4 to decide everything from Connecticut’s governorship to their region’s representatives in the U.S. Congress and Connecticut General Assembly.

The town’s 11,420 currently registered voters are even being asked whether or not to change the state’s constitution. As of Friday, Oct. 24, 4,177 voters in Wilton identified as Republicans, 2,949 identify as Democrats, and 4,237 are independents.

In seeking to make this year’s elections a little less intimidating, The Bulletin and its Hersam-Acorn sister papers have put together a brief round-up of all the voting information you’ll need next week.

On the ballot

The election will see Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, pitted against Republican Tom Foley and his running mate, Heather Somers, in what is predicted to be a very tight race.

Both candidates for governor have also been endorsed by other parties — Mr. Malloy by Working Families and Mr. Foley by the Independent Party.

In addition, Joe Visconti and his running mate, Chester Frank Harris, are petitioning candidates on the ballot for governor and lieutenant governor respectively.

Four pairs of write-in candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are registered with the secretary of the state: Jonathan Pelto and Ebony Murphy; John Renjilian and Jason Renjilian; John Traceski and Elizabeth Traceski; and Daniel R. Gaita and Jason Smith.

Write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot but voting machines are programmed to accept votes for write-ins if they are registered with the secretary of the state.

Seeking the U.S. 4th Congressional District seat are Jim Himes, the Democratic incumbent seeking a fourth term, and Republican Dan Debicella, a former state senator from Shelton and a businessman.

Two people have registered as official write-in candidates for the 4th District. They are Stephen Miller and Sophie Pastore.

Several statewide offices are on the ballot this year.

For secretary of the state, Democratic incumbent Denise Merrill is being challenged by Republican Peter Lumaj and Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa. Ms. Merrill is also endorsed by the Working Families Party, and Mr. Lumaj by the Independent Party.

Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Democrat Denise Nappier for state treasurer. Mr. Herbst is also running on the Independent line and Ms. Nappier on the Working Families line.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo, a Democrat also endorsed by the Working Families Party, is up against Republican Sharon McLaughlin, who is also endorsed by the Independent Party, as well as Rolf Maurer of the Green Party.

Republican Kie Westby and Green Party candidate Stephen Fournier are challenging the Democratic incumbent George Jepsen for the state attorney general spot. Mr. Jepsen is also running on the Working Families line, and Mr. Westby also appears on the Independent Party line.

Local races

In a race to represent Wilton in the Connecticut Senate, Republican Toni Boucher of Wilton, the incumbent, is seeking her fourth term as the state’s 26th-district senator. She is deputy Senate minority leader. Ms. Boucher, a business executive, previously served six terms in the state House.

Her Democratic challenger is Philip Sharlach, an accountant and management consultant from Wilton. He is also endorsed by the Working Families Party.

Thomas Burke is a registered write-in candidate for the 26th Senate District.

The 26th District includes Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Westport, and parts of Weston, New Canaan, and Bethel.

Wiltonians will also vote for their state representatives in two races this year.

Voters registered in districts one and three in town will decide between incumbent State Rep. Gail Lavielle, a Republican and businesswoman, and challenger Keith Rodgerson, a Democrat who is a certified economic development finance professional.

Those registered in district two will decide between lawyer Tom O’Dea, a Republican incumbent, and David A. Bedell, a Green party candidate who is a teacher and has worked as a medical charity program director.

There is also a race for judge of the Norwalk/Wilton Probate District Court. Both candidates are from Norwalk. The Republican incumbent is Anthony J. DePanfilis who has held the position for 17 years. Challenging him is Democratic attorney Darnell Crosland.

Constitutional question

On Tuesday, all Connecticut voters will be asked if the state constitution should be changed to remove absentee ballot restrictions and to permit voting without having to appear at a polling place on Election Day.

A “Yes” vote does not make any immediate changes to voting regulations, but would pave the way for legislators to discuss them. Many lawmakers have expressed support for no-excuse absentee voting and some sort of early voting.

An explanation of the ballot question is available at the town clerk’s office at Wilton Town Hall and is to be posted at the polls.

Where and when to vote?

Wilton has three voting districts. Polling places for each district are centrally located in the town’s schools, and are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Most of north Wilton votes in district one, which has a polling place at Wilton High School.

District two, which includes much of southwest Wilton, has a polling place at the Cider Mill School gym. It is the largest district in town, with 4,102 voters registered.

The southeast of Wilton is covered by district three, which has a polling place at the Middlebrook School gym.

To check which polling place is correct for your household, visit wiltonct.org/departments/voter/voter2.asp.

To expedite voting procedures, it is suggested voters bring one of the following forms of documentation:

  • A social security card
  • A pre-printed ID card with name and address
  • ID with name and signature
  • ID with name and photograph

Without one of those forms, one may sign a sworn affidavit statement at the polls.

Day-of registration

Deadlines for online and in-person voter registration have passed. But, voters who met eligibility requirements (over 18, a citizen of the United States living in Connecticut, etc.) but who are not registered may do so on the day of the election.

In Wilton, day-of voter registration will take place in Meeting Room B of Wilton Town hall from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Potential voters should be sure to bring identification and proof of residency.

To check whether you are already registered to vote, visit the secretary of the state’s Voter Look-up site at dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx.

For more information on voting in Wilton, call the registrars of voters are 203-563-0111 or email registrars @wiltonct.org.