Welcome to GOOD Morning Wilton‘s Election 2020 Central!
We’ll update this page with news throughout the day. Then, we’ll go live as soon as we have results in from the registrars and Wilton’s three precincts, sometime very soon after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
UPDATE, 12:00 a.m. Nov. 4–Stephanie Thomas hasn’t officially declared victory but she said it looks good that she’ll be the presumptive State Representative in the 143rd.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.–Jim Himes has declared victory in his bid for re-election.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.–We’re hearing Will Haskell and Stephanie Thomas both look like winners in their races. Haskell told us he’s not declaring anything until every vote has been counted, but that he’s “very confident” about a favorable outcome. “So the numbers look great, but we believe every vote needs to be counted to maintain the integrity of the process. Feeling very confident but looking forward to full results tomorrow.”
UPDATE, 10:52 PM–We’ve got unofficial, preliminary totals for the absentee ballots now in, so we can see the preliminary results for today.
As of now, there were 11,059 ballots (revised from earlier) that were counted altogether (in-person and absentee). There may actually only have been 83% of a turnout thus far. We’ll know more tomorrow when we get official confirmation from the registrars.
Remember, there are additional absentee ballots that were cast today, Tuesday, Nov. 3, as well as Election Day Registration ballots, all of which will be counted on Wednesday afternoon.
|RACE||IN-PERSON SUBTOTAL||ABSENTEE in by Monday, Nov. 2||TUESDAY, Nov. 3 TOTAL|
|JOE Biden/Kamala Harris (D)||3568||3545||7113|
|Donald Trump/Mike Pence (R)||2804||801||3605|
|Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen (Libertarian)||100||57||157|
|Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker (Green)||24||18||42|
|CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE-4TH DISTRICT|
|Jim Himes (D)||3195||3256||6451|
|Jonathan Riddle (R)||3195||1076||4271|
|STATE SENATOR–26TH DISTRICT|
|Will Haskell (D)||2868||2960||5828|
|Kim Healy (R, I & Unknown)||3633||1429||5062|
|STATE REPRESENTATIVE–143RD DISTRICT|
|Stephanie Thomas (D, WF & Unknown)||1866||1798||3664|
|Patrizia Zucaro (R, I & Unknown)||2388||906||3294|
|STATE REPRESENTATIVE–125TH DISTRICT|
|Tom O’Dea (R)||1524||834||2358|
|Karen Birck (D)||2961||3093||6054|
|Annalisa Stravato-Favaralo (R)||3370||1189||4559|
UPDATE, 8:30 P.M.–Here are unofficial, preliminary results ONLY for in-person ballots cast. We’ll be adding absentee ballots cast through Monday in a bit. Please note: any absentee ballots put into the dropbox on Nov. 3 get processed Wednesday, so there still will be additional absentee ballots counted on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
In addition, with 6,578 in-person votes cast at the polls today, and the 4,984 absentee ballots cast as of Monday, that total of 11,562 represents an approximate 86-87% turnout.
Wilton IN-PERSON VOTE Results–NOT YET FINAL
President/Vice President (Electors)
Joe Biden/Kamala Harris (D) 3,568
Donald Trump/Mike Pence (R) 2,802
Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen (Libertarian) 100
Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker (Green) 24
Congressional Representative–4th District
Jim Himes (D) 3,195
Jonathan Riddle (R) 3,195
Brian Merien (I) 64
State Senator–26th District
Will Haskell (D) 2,868
Kim Healy (R, I & Unknown) 3,632
State Representative–143rd District
Stephanie Thomas (D, Work. Fam., & Unknown) 1,861
Patrizia Zucaro (R, I & Unknown) 2,388
State Representative–125th District
Tom O’Dea (R) 1,524
Registrar of Voters
Karen Birck (D) 2,961
Annalisa Stravato-Favaralo (R) 3,369
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.–As of 6 p.m., there have been 6,366 in-person ballots cast at Wilton precincts. Add in the 4,984 absentee ballots cast as of Monday, that’s an 85% turnout in Wilton so far. There are still two hours to go before polls close (8 p.m.) and any absentee ballots that were placed in the dropbox on Tuesday will get counted Wednesday afternoon.
For perspective, consider that in 2016 Wilton’s overall turnout was 85% for the presidential election.
The other big story of the day has to be how impressed voters were with how the polling places were run. Organized, efficient, safe, and accomodating–everyone owes the registrars, moderators, poll workers, maintenance and custodial staff a huge ‘thank you’ for today!
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.–Wilton’s three polling districts reported their vote totals as of 2 p.m., counting 5,088 Wilton voters who have cast ballots in-person today, according to Registrar of Voters Annalisa Stravato. By GMW‘s estimation, that’s about a 75% turnout so far.
Also, we’ve been hearing some voters are upset they didn’t receive an “I Voted” sticker today (Health Director Barry Bogle put the kibosh on them because, COVID). Well, Wilton resident Vanessa Elias wanted to make sure that everyone who did their civic duty got recognized–and, of course, commemorate the incredibly special 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote–so she took matters into her own hands, printing 1,600 stickers of the amazing designs created by Wilton’s own Pamela Hovland, to honor those women. She’ll be at the end of her driveway at 101 Middlebrook Farm Rd. until 3 p.m. or until they are gone.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.–One unofficial count of voters in Wilton had at least 1,420 ballots cast at Middlebrook by 1:20 p.m. That potentially puts Wilton near an estimated 65-70% turnout so far. (We’re awaiting an official update from town registrars of voters.)
Statewide, Connecticut is seeing record turnout too. Sec. of State Denise Merrill tweeted that by midday, almost half of the eligible CT voters had voted already. That included 600,000 absentee ballots that have been accepted across the state.
Midday turnout update: including the ~25% of voters who voted by absentee ballot, almost 50% of registered voters have cast their ballots by noon! pic.twitter.com/laUBiBAH3g
— Denise Merrill (@SOTSMerrill) November 3, 2020
UPDATE, 8:18 a.m.–There were lines at the polls when they opened at 6 a.m. and in the first hour or so Tuesday morning, but voters are reporting the lines moved quickly and the poll workers have everything running very efficiently. Now, lines are minimal and people are moving in and out quickly.
As of 8 a.m., 497 people had voted at Middlebrook, and 470 at Cider Mill. Numbers are unreported from Wilton High School so far.
As of the end of day Monday, Nov. 2, there were 4,984 absentee ballots that had been returned. As of the 13,326 eligible Wilton voters (unofficial count, this will change through the day with Election Day Registration), that’s 37.4% of Wilton voting absentee. But voters can still submit absentee ballots today, so that number will likely rise.
As soon as we have preliminary results from Wilton’s three precincts, we’ll post them here and we’ll go LIVE on GMW‘s Vimeo channel, YouTube channel and Facebook, as well as right here on this page. We’ll also update the post as we get additional information, including preliminary results from absentee ballots and Election Day registration (EDR) votes. Please note: any absentee ballots put into the dropbox on Nov. 3 get processed the next day, so there still will be additional absentee ballots counted on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Registrars have until Saturday, Nov. 7 to submit unofficial vote counts to the Secretary of State, although Wilton’s registrars say they’ll likely be done well before Saturday. As soon as we can give you the official Wilton tallies, as well as for the legislative candidates overall, we’ll let you know. And of course, we’ll bring you updates if anyone concedes or is announced as a winner.
Remember, the results are unofficial results, based on voting machine tallies collected at each of Wilton’s three polling places plus absentee/EDR ballots, until the registrars of voters confirm the outcome. And even that won’t be official and final until the CT Secretary of State confirms it.