More than 12,400 Wiltonians registered to vote

At 2.1 million, Connecticut reached a record number of registered voters 13 days before this year’s election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 26, the state had 2,100,021 registered voters, exceeding the previous record of a little more than 2,097,000 in November 2008.

Wilton has 12,440 registered voters as of Monday, Oct. 31 — 3,482 Democrats, 4,307 Republicans, 4,578 unaffiliated, and 73 other voters.

In the last six months, Wilton has had 910 new and updated voters on its official voter list — with 30 more pending, said Carole Young-Kleinfeld, Wilton’s Democratic registrar of voters.

The pending voters, she said, are those who used Connecticut’s online voter registration system but still must send their completed registrations to the town’s registrars.

Young-Kleinfeld said the online system has not only been fast and accurate but has also made it “easy to decipher the information that comes to us.”

In an Oct. 28 press release, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the online system is one factor that “helped push the number of registered voters to a record high.” The other is the streamlined motor-voter system, which has been in operation since August.

More than 36,000 people have registered to vote through the state’s motor-voter system, and another 170,000 have registered online this year.

Turnout in Wilton for this year’s presidential election is expected to be in line with recent presidential election years, said Young-Kleinfeld.

Although turnout has slightly declined the past three presidential elections — 89% in 2004, 88% in 2008, and 86% in 2012 — Young Kleinfeld said that “it would be great if we could break 90% this year.”

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 Election Day:


  • District 1 (143rd Assembly District) will vote in the Wilton High School Field House, 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.


Each polling place in town will have an accessible ballot marking system for people with disabilities.

Ballots


All three district ballots will allow voters to select one of the following candidates in each race:

  • Presidential: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

  • United States Senator: Democrat Richard Blumenthal (also listed under the Working Families Party), Republican Dan Carter, Libertarian Richard Lion, Green Party candidate Jeff Russell.

  • Representative in Congress: Democrat Jim Himes, Republican John Shaban (also listed under the Independent Party).

  • State Senator (26th Assembly District): Democrat Carolanne Curry or Republican Toni Boucher.

  • Wilton Registrar of Voters: Democrat Carole Young-Kleinfeld, Republican Annalisa Stravato Favarolo.


The District 1 and 3 ballot and District 2 ballot differ when it comes to state representative candidates:

  • Districts 1 and 3 have the option of voting for unopposed Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle for the 143rd General Assembly District.

  • District 2 has the option of voting for Republican incumbent Tom O’Dea or Green Party candidate Hector L. Lopez for the 125th General Assembly District.


Eligibility and registration


One must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election to vote. 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.

While the time frame for online and mail-in registration through the state has expired, the last day to register in person in the office of the town’s registrars of voters is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Both proof of identity and proof of residence are required.

Because registration takes more time to process the day of an election, there may be long waits, said Young-Kleinfeld, noting that unlike a polling place, Election Day registration locations are required by law to close promptly by 8 p.m.

The registrars will hold a special voter registration session in their town hall office at 238 Danbury Road on Monday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. for people who have turned 18, became a U.S. citizen, or moved to Connecticut since Nov. 1.

For Wilton voter information, including a voter look-up service and a map of Wilton’s district division, visit wiltonct.org/departments/Voter/voter.html.