MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2009: TIME TO GET OUT AND VOTE!
More than 2,000,000 million Connecticut citizens are registered to vote in Municipal Elections to take place tomorrow, Tuesday November 3, 2009. I am urging Connecticut residents to make sure they get to the polls to cast ballots and be prepared when they head to their polling place. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in 162 towns and cities holding Municipal Elections. The rest of Connecticut’s municipalities held their local elections on May 4, 2009. Towns throughout Connecticut are facing some crucial decisions on schools, local budgets, road repair and other issues, so it is imperative that voters make their voices heard tomorrow. Local elections are enormously important for determining the future direction of all of our communities. I urge all voters to be prepared to cast ballots by making sure they know where their polling place is, bring the proper identification and make a plan for when to vote.
I would also encourage voters to visit my website www.sots.ct.gov to learn more about using the optical scan technology with paper ballots, the vote-by-phone system, acceptable forms of identification or to help locate their polling place. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and you have to vote in person you must present to the checkers either a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or present a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. Connecticut voters are also reminded that any materials (including t-shirts, buttons or hats) deemed as campaign materials advocating a particular candidate or position are not permitted within 75 feet of the polling place.
Voters can now see a complete list of candidates for Mayor and First Selectman as well as ballots for all 162 municipalities in Connecticut holding elections by clicking here for the List of Candidates for Mayor and First Selectman and for the November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Town Ballots
My office will dispatch teams to monitor the municipal elections on Election Day. Voters can call the Secretary of the State’s Office toll free at 1-800-540-3764 for any questions or problems on Election Day. Voters can also call the State Elections Enforcement Commission at 860-256-2940 to report any election irregularities or file complaints against candidates or poll workers.
In total, 131 towns are electing Mayors and First Selectmen. The top municipal offices are uncontested in 22 municipalities, representing 16.8% of the total. There are 54 women out of 279 total candidates for Mayor and First Selectman, representing 19.3% of the total. There are a total of 2,042,697 registered voters in Connecticut eligible to vote in Tuesday’s Municipal Elections. Included in this total are 760,510 Democrats, 414,344 Republicans, and 856,462 unaffiliated voters.
TOTAL ACTIVE VOTERS AS OF 10/28/09
|A Better Future||3|
|A Sentinel Party||35|
|Connecticut For Lieberman||107|
|Enfield Taxpayers Party||2|
|Friends Of Saybrook||13|
|Independence For Montville||10|
|Norwich for Change||1|
|The Hampton Party||5|
|We The People||50|
SOTS TRIVIA CORNER
Did You Know?:
In Connecticut, average voter turnout for the 2008 Presidential Election was 80.5% — the highest Connecticut voter turnout percentage since 1992. Nationally, more than 130,000,000 voters cast ballots in the 2008 Presidential Election, which sets a new record high.
We always look for the best turnout figures in Connecticut. Here is a list of Cities and Towns to win the “Democracy Cup” for the highest voter turnout for the last two years.
New Hartford 94.78% Turnout
Weston 90.84% Turnout
Newtown 88.97% Turnout
Stamford 81.65% Turnout
East Haven 64.1% Turnout
North Haven 57.9% Turnout
West Hartford 38.2% Turnout
I hope to be visiting your town as the 2009 Democracy Cup Winner
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