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Weston State Senate districts have changed

Weston senate districts

Weston senate districts

Although all Weston voters will go to the same polling place on Nov. 6, not all will receive the same ballot. And when it comes to voting for state legislators, many will find they are not in the same Senatorial District in which they used to be.

Weston has two state Senate Districts: the 26th and the 28th.

Changes to the boundaries for the districts were mandated this year by the state, based on population changes reported in the 2010 census.

Under the old division, only about 800 people living in the southwest corner of the town were in the 26th District, currently represented by Senator Toni Boucher.

The new map splits the town approximately in half. The dividing line runs north and south, splitting the town into eastern and western sections roughly along Newtown Turnpike, Birch Hill Road, Goodhill Road, Sunset Drive, Cartbridge Road, and Fanton Hill Road. [See maps.]

The new division puts approximately 6,000 people in the 26th District and about 4,180 in the 28th, currently represented by Senator John McKinney.

Susan Moran, the Republican registrar of voters, and Laura Smits, the Democratic registrar, said as of this Tuesday, Democrats outnumber Republicans  in both district, but unaffiliated voters outnumber both parties.

The number of registered voters in each district are:

District 1 (28th)

Democrats: 920

Republicans: 809

Unaffiliated: 967

Other: 12

Total: 2,708

District 2 (26th)

Democrats: 1,341

Republicans: 1,165

Unaffiliated: 1,432

Other: 16

Total: 3,954

Besides Weston, the 26th District also includes all or portions of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport, and Wilton.

The 28th District also includes all or parts of Easton, Fairfield, and Newtown.

Publicizing the changes

The Weston registrars of voters and the town clerk have been working to try to publicize the new district map so as to avoid confusion at the polls on Election Day.

An alphabetical listing of streets and the district they are in is now on the town’s website, westonct.gov.

In addition to the maps in The Weston Forum and posted on our website at theWestonForum.com this week, hard copies of the new map are available at the town clerk’s office in Weston Town Hall.

While the dividing line is fairly straightforward, there are a few roads in town where the people who live on one side or section may be in one district, while their neighbors across or down the street are in the other.

These are spelled out in the alphabetical list online, and include Ladder Hill Road, Lords Highway, Lyons Plain Road, Newtown Turnpike, Oakwood Drive, Steephill Road, and Sunset Drive.

Before Election Day, the registrars will be doing a town-wide postcard mailing letting people know which district they are in.

Gearing up

Ms. Moran and Ms. Smits are gearing up for a big turnout on Nov. 6. Presidential elections have traditionally brought out approximately 95% or more of the town’s eligible voters, of which there are (as of earlier this week) 6,627.

The registrars said there will be plenty of people on hand at the polls to help those who are uncertain about which ballot they need to use — and to help in general with the large expected turnout.

Voters can expedite voting at the polls by doing several things, the registrars said. One is to know your district. Another is to have one of the following forms of ID:

• 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 of identification, one may sign a sworn affidavit statement at the polls.

Those who are not on the voter registration list on Election Day may still cast a Presidential ballot — vote for President only — in the town clerk’s office at Weston Town Hall. Or, one may cast a provisional ballot at the polls that must be verified later.

Absentee ballots

The town clerk, Donna Anastasia, has also been busy preparing for the election.

As of noon Tuesday, Oct. 23, Ms. Anastasia said she had received 627 requests for absentee ballots; 267 ballots had been returned.

In addition, there have been 30 requests for federal offices only ballots and a little more half of those have been returned, she said.

Those who would like to vote in the Nov. 6 election, but who are not registered to do so have until Tuesday, Oct. 30, to register in person at the town clerk’s office.

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