Weston voters head to the polls on Tuesday

FI-election-decision-2012Weston voters are going to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, to elect a President, a U.S. Senator and a 4th District Congressman. Locally, voters will also choose a state senator and two state representatives, along with the registrars of voters.

And, they are being asked to approve or reject a new town charter.

See our Voters Guide on pages 7A and 8A of the Nov. 1 edition for information on all the candidates.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Weston Middle School.

There will be separate voting machines for Weston’s two voting districts. District #1 is the 28th state Senate District, which is mainly Weston’s east side;  District #2 is the 26th state Senate District, which includes the west side of town.

Maps and information on the newly re-drawn districts will be available at the polls, or visit thewestonforum.com/5153/weston-state-senate-districts-have-changed/.

To expedite voting at the polls, bring one of the following:

  • 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.

Registration extended

The mayhem caused by Sandy, the hybrid storm that wreaked havoc on the state earlier this week, prompted Gov. Dannel Malloy to extend voter registration in person for the Nov. 6 election by two days, to Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Only people who are U.S. citizens, turn 18 or move into town after that date have until Monday, Nov. 5, at noon and must register in person.

State voter registration is soaring — by some 130,000 as of the Sept. 25 voter registration report and some 40,000 more through Oct. 16.

In Weston, as of last week there were 6,662 registered voters. That includes 2,261 Democrats; 1,974 Republicans; 2,399 naffiliated voters, and 28 registered with other parties, such as Green or Working Families.

On the ballot

The election will see Democratic President Barack Obama pitted against Republican Mitt Romney in what is predicted to be a tight race. The candidates have been stumping in the swing states, especially Ohio.

Seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joe Lieberman (I), who did not seek re-election, are U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy, a Democrat, and Republican Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Running for the U.S. Congressional 4th District are Jim Himes, the Democratic incumbent seeking a third term, and political newcomer Steve Obsitnik, a Republican and a businessman.

Local races

Republican Toni Boucher of Wilton, the incumbent, is seeking her fourth term as senator for the state’s 26th Senate District. She is deputy Senate minority leader. Ms. Boucher, a business executive, served six terms in the state House.

Her Democratic challenger is Carolanne Curry of Westport, who has a long professional career in public service, most recently helping to establish the Citi-Stat program in Bridgeport. She  worked several years in the Senate Democrat Majority Office.

The 26th District includes all or parts of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Running unopposed for the state’s 28th Senate District is Republican John McKinney, who has held the seat for 14 years. He has been the Senate minority leader since 2007 and he serves on the housing, legislative management, and executive nominations committees.

The 28th District includes part of Weston, Easton, Newtown, and Fairfield.

Facing off in the 135th House District are two Reddingties, John Shaban, the Republican incumbent, and Leon Karvelis, his Democratic challenger. Mr. Shaban is an environmental attorney. Mr. Karvelis is a retired businessman.

The 135th District includes Easton, Weston and part of Redding.

Also on the ballot are the registrars of voters. While voters may only vote for one of the two candidates, each candidate is assured re-election, as long as she receives at least one vote.

Running for Republican registrar is Susan Moran; for Democratic registrar, Laura Smits. Both are currently serving as registrars.

Also running as a Green Party registrar is Jane Weston of Stamford. She wold need to receive more votes than either the Democrat or the Republican candidates to serve as a third registrar. Ms. Weston said if elected, she will move to town, as the position may only be filled by a resident of Weston.

Absentee ballots are now available at the town clerk’s office at town hall. For information, call Town Clerk Donna Anastasia at 203-222-2616.

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