Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and there’s a lot riding on these 2018 midterms. There are pivotal races for local representation in Hartford as well as statewide representation in Washington, DC. That’s coupled with a lot riding on the races in CT’s executive branch. If that wasn’t enough, there are two State Constitutional amendments up for voter approval.
Today’s special voter guide has a lot of information to digest, but it hopefully will distill down the basics of what you need to know to make as informed a choice as possible, at least for your choices locally. You can find out a great deal about our candidates for state legislative offices–their bios, platforms and video responses to questions on taxes, transportation, tolls, education, the environment and more–in our GOOD Morning Wilton Candidate Guide. To learn about the Judge of Probate candidates, visit our story on their race, and learn about the two ballot questions here.
If you want to learn what Wilton’s political party leaders want you to know before stepping up to the polls, you can read messages from the Wilton Republican Town Committee chair Bill Lalor and the Wilton Democratic Town Committee chair Tom Dubin.
And if you want to read any of our articles about the Election 2018 season, you can find those here.
On Tuesday, polls open as of 6 a.m. Here’s what you need to know:
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 don’t know in which district you live, 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, Clune Center Auditorium (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.
If you are not a registered voter, but want to exercise your right (and, some say, your responsibility) to vote, there is still one last option: Connecticut offers Election Day Registration on Election Day.
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). Allow extra time for registration and processing.
Important to note: The EDR location closes promptly at 8 p.m.; however, any elector in line by 8 p.m. at the other three polling places will be allowed to vote.
Who can vote?
Here are the eligibility requirements in order to cast your ballot. You must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a resident of a Connecticut town
- be at least 18 years of age by Election Day
- have completed confinement and parole, if previously convicted of a felony.
Do I need ID to vote?
Voters will be asked to show ID to vote in Connecticut. Identification is any pre-printed form of ID that shows your name and address, signature, or photograph (e.g. Social Security card, driver’s license, school ID, etc.).
First-time voters need to show a proof of residence as well. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
If you do not bring ID, you can still vote. You will be asked to sign an affidavit instead and then vote normally. First-time voters without ID can cast a provisional ballot.
If I can’t make it Tuesday, can I vote early? You can vote by Absentee Ballot:
Voters unable to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6 can go to Town Hall and cast their ballots anytime before Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the town clerk’s office.
If you have questions about this process, please contact Wilton’s Town Clerk at (203) 563-0106.
Here are the sample ballots for each of the Wilton voting districts:
VOTING DISTRICT #2
VOTING DISTRICTS #1 & #3