With just two weeks left before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Wilton’s town officials are getting ready for local voting here in town. Late last week, the registrars of voters Tina Gardner (R) and Carole Young-Kleinfeld (D) mailed postcards to remind residents where their polling precincts are, and just yesterday they uploaded onto the town website the sample ballot that voters will find on Election Day.
Voting Districts: Where do I vote?
Wilton is divided into three voting districts for all November elections (see below). All three polling places will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day. If you’ve lost or misplaced the postcard, or didn’t receive it, don’t fret: the registrars’ webpage on the town website has both a link to the voting district map as well as a section where voters can enter their addresses to find out where they vote.
District 1: Wilton High School, Zeoli Field House (395 Danbury Rd.); 143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District
District 2: Cider Mill School Gym (240 School Rd.); 125th Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District
District 3: Middlebrook School Gym (131 School Rd.); 143rd Assembly District, 26th State Senate, 4th Congressional District
Registration: Am I registered? What can I do if I’m not?
You can check your voter registration status via the registrars’ webpage on the town website.
As of today, Wilton now has 12,360 registered voters. Wilton’s registrars say that in just the last month, 358 new voters registered to cast their ballots and 92 voters made changes to their registration–for example, changing addresses, names and party affiliation.
If you are not one of those 12,360 registered voters, but want to exercise your right (and, some say, your responsibility) to vote, the last day for voter registration (for eligible voters) in CT is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016–in person, online, or postmarked, if mailed.
For anyone who turns 18, becomes a US citizen, or moves to Connecticut after Nov. 1, 2016, all registrars of voters’ offices in Connecticut–including Wilton–will be holding a voter registration session on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. This registration session is also open to members of the Armed Forces, and former Armed Forces members who have been discharged within the calendar year. For information, contact the Wilton registrars of voters by calling 203.563.0111 or via email.
If you miss those opportunities, there is still one last option: Connecticut offers Election Day Registration on Election Day–Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016—for those potential voters who are new residents, or who have simply delayed registering to vote. Election Day registration (EDR) will be at Town Hall (238 Danbury Rd.) beginning at 6 a.m. and ending promptly at 8 p.m.. EDR voters must prove their identity and Wilton residence (and a CT drivers license with a Wilton address on it will suffice for both). Registrars say because they never know how many potential EDR voters they’ll have on Election Day, they always urge, beg and beseech people to register before the Nov. 1 deadline, to avoid long lines and, possibly and unfortunately, being turned away at the Town Hall EDR 8 p.m. cut-off.
(While the EDR location closes promptly at 8 p.m., any elector in line by 8 p.m. at the other three polling places will be allowed to vote.)
Absentee Ballots: What if I can’t make it to the polls?
Registered voters are permitted to cast absentee ballots before Election Day, under certain conditions–if they:
- are ill or physically disabled
- serving in the military
- will be out of town on election day
- serve as poll workers in polling places other than their own
- are forbidden to conduct secular activity by their religion on Election Day.
To cast a vote by absentee ballot, first you need to complete an application, which is available from the town clerk’s office. (Applications can also be downloaded from the CT Secretary of State’s office or the town website.) After the completed application is received by the town clerk, the absentee ballot will be sent to you at the address specified on the application. In order for your vote to count, the completed absentee ballot must be received in the town clerk’s office by Election Day.
You may also appear at the town clerk’s office in person, show identification, complete the application, and cast your ballot, all in one visit.
There is no online voting or early voting in Connecticut.
Who should I vote for?
For this question, we can’t guide you–you’re on your own to make your choice. But just in case you want to prepare, the sample ballot is online on the registrars’ webpage.