Voter registration has been swift in Woodbridge in the weeks leading up to the 2018 mid-term election. “We’ve been getting a lot of registrations,” said Registrar of Voters Anna Dickerson, adding, “we are expecting a big turnout.” As of October 18 – almost three weeks ahead of Election Day November 6 — registrars had received 23 online registrations and eight through the DMV online. In addition, several voters tried to register online, but were unsuccessful, she said.
People can actually register right up until Election Day. The registrars will be available in the Senior Lounge in the lower level of the Center Building, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, as long as the polls are open, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. See below details for Election Day Registration.
Voting Districts: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, and polls will be open as usual, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Woodbridge there will be two voting districts, although both will be held in the same location, namely the Center Building gym at 4 Meetinghouse Lane. For those who are unsure whether they are part of Voting District 1 or 2, there will be election workers to help guide them.
The majority of the town will vote in District 1, which is part of the state senatorial district 17, made up of a conglomerate of seven towns ranging from Naugatuck and Ansonia in the west to Hamden in the east. Voters will choose between incumbent George Logan, a Republican, and Jorge Cabrera, a Democrat.
Voting District 2 encompasses senatorial District 14, joining parts of Orange, Milford and West Haven. Voters get to choose between Pam Staneski, a Republican, and James Maroney, a Democrat. This state senate seat was held for many years by Gayle Slossberg, who chose not to run this time around. Staneski is currently a state representative.
Other than the two senatorial districts, the ballots in both voting districts are identical. Sample ballots are available on the town website, for District 1, http://www.woodbridgect.org/DocumentCenter/View/2125/Ballot_14th_District and for District 2, http://www.woodbridgect.org/DocumentCenter/View/2126/Ballot_17th_District.
Candidates for office:
For Governor and Lt. Governor:
Democrats – Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz (cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party);
Republican – Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley (cross-endorsed by the Independent Party);
Libertarian – Rodney Hanscomb and Jeffrey Thibeault;
Amigo Constitution Liberty Party – Mark S. Greenstein and John Demitrus;
Griebel Frank For CT Party candidates – Oz Griebel and Monte Frank.
For US Senate:
Incumbent Democrat Christopher Murphy (cross-endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Matthew Corey;
Libertarian Party candidate Richard Lion;
Green Party candidate Jeff Russell.
Incumbent Democrat Rosa DeLauro (cross-endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Angel Cadena.
For State Senate in Voting District 1
Incumbent Republican George Logan (cross-endorsed by the Independent Party);
Democrat Jorge Cabrera (cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party).
For State Senate in Voting District 2
Democrat James Maroney (cross-endorsed by both the Working Families Party and the Independent Party;
Republican Pam Staneski.
For State Representative:
Incumbent Republican Themis Klarides (cross endorsed by the Independent Party;
Democrat Mary Welander (cross endorsed by the Working Families Party).
For Secretary of the State:
Incumbent Democrat Denise Merrill (cross endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Susan Chapman (cross endorsed by the Independent Party);
Libertarian Party candidate Heather Lynn Sylvestre Gwynn;
Green Party candidate Michael DeRosa.
Democrat Shawn Wooden (cross endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Thad Gray (cross endorsed by the Independent Party);
Libertarian Jesse Brohinsky.
Incumbent Democrat Kevin Lembo (cross endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Kurt Miller (cross endorsed by the Independent Party);
Libertarian candidate Paul Passarelli;
Green Party candidate Edward Heflin.
For Attoney General:
Democrat William Tong (cross endorsed by Working Families Party);
Republican Sue Hatfield (cross endorsed by the Independent Party);
Green Party candidate Peter Goselin.
For Judge of Probate: Incumbent Democrat Cifford Hoyle
For Registrar of Voters
Incumbent Democrat Elia Alexiades;
Incumbent Republican Anna Dickerson.
Voters will be asked to approve or reject two constitutional amendments, one concerning the Special Transportation Fund, the other concerning the sale of public land.
Question 1: Transportation ‘lockbox’
By voting yes, voters support amending the state constitution to ensure that all monies in the Special Transportation Fund be used solely for transportation purposes. According to an explanatory flier by the Office of Legislative Research, these protections already exist as part of the General Statutes. By making them part of the constitution they preserve the fund as a permanent fund. The amendment requires that the fund be used exclusively for transportation purposes, which include paying transportation-related debt. It also requires that any funding sources directed to the fund by law continue to be directed there, as long as the law authorizes the state to collect or receive them.
The proposal has broad bi-partisan support. Critics, among them Themis Klarides, have been cited as saying the measure is not worded strongly enough.
Question 2: Sale of Public Land
By voting yes, voters support amending the constitution to require that the General Assembly hold a public hearing when selling or disposing of state-owned or state-controlled property. It also requires a two-thirds vote of each house of the General Assembly in cases when the property is under the custody or control of the Department of Agriculture or the DEEP.
In its explanatory text, the Office of Legislative Research explains that under current statutes, state agencies must follow certain procedures. However, alternatively the General Assembly can transfer property through legislation known as “conveyance bills.” The amendment would prohibit this procedure.
Election Day Registration: Residents who have never registered to vote or have moved into town and are still registered in a previous town may appear, register to vote and cast a ballot. They must be a U.S. citizen to register to vote. Hours for the Election Day Registration (EDR) are 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. The applications to register to vote must be fully completed by 8 p.m., however that is also the time polls close. Registrar of Voters Anna Dickerson in a conversation urged those who want to register the day of the election, not to do it too close to the end. The Senior Lounge is handicapped accessible.
Voter must appear in person and provide proof of identity and residence at EDR location. A driver’s license will satisfy both proof of identity and residence. Other sources of proof of identity can be a birth certificate, Social Security card, college photo ID, oath of another elector or proof satisfactory to registrars; out-of-state drivers licenses can be used for proof of identity.
Examples for proof of residence can be a utility bill (no later than 30 days post-election), current college registration, a lease; a library card with current address; a bank statement or property tax bill, driver’s license or non-driver’s license or learner’s permit with current address.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent