Election Day is this Tuesday

With local candidates running for federal and state offices, it will be a major Election Day on Tuesday for Greenwich.

Polls will be opening at 6 a.m. throughout Connecticut on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and will close at 8 p.m. for an election led by the race for the governor’s mansion between incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley. This is a rematch of the ultra-close 2010 race Mr. Malloy narrowly won, and there will also be state legislature races on the ballot as well as the race for the U.S. Congress as U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th), a Cos Cob resident, faces off with former state Sen. Dan Debicella in another 2010 rematch.

Check Greenwich-post.com and Twitter.com/Greenwichpost for information throughout the day about voter turnout in Greenwich as well as the latest results. HANRadio.com will also be on the air Tuesday night with results and analysis.

People wondering where their polling places are and if they are registered should contact the Greenwich registrars of voters office at Town Hall by calling 203-622-7889 or 203-622-7890 or visiting online at Greenwichct.org/government/departments/voter_registration/. There will be a special voter registration session on Monday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but space is limited and this is for people who have been unable to register during regular work hours. The session will be open to people whose right to vote through age, citizenship or new residence has been attained since Oct. 28, 2014.

Additionally, there is Election Day registration in Greenwich. According to the Greenwich League of Women Voters, those doing this need to bring proof of identity like a birth certificate, social security card, a current student photo ID from a higher education institution or another form of proof of identity “satisfactory to the registrar of voters.” The testimony of another elector is also considered satisfactory. People must also bring proof of residence. Some examples of this are a Connecticut DMV learner’s permit, a residential lease, a utility bill or cell phone bill due not later than 30 days after Election Day, a bank statement or naturalization documents.

The election will see Mr. Malloy and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, pitted against Mr. Foley and his running mate, Heather Somers, in what is predicted to be a very tight race. Mr. Malloy won in 2010 by the narrowest gubernatorial margin in state history, and most polls have the race in another dead heat as Election Day approaches. Both candidates have also been endorsed by other parties — Mr. Malloy by Working Families and Mr. Foley by the Independent Party.

In addition, Joe Visconti and his running mate, Chester Harris, are petitioning candidates on the ballot for governor and lieutenant governor respectively. Four pairs of write-in candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are registered with the secretary of the state: Jonathan Pelto and Ebony Murphy, John Renjilian and Jason Renjilian, John Traceski and Elizabeth Traceski, and Daniel R. Gaita and Jason Smith.

Write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot, but voting machines are programmed to accept votes for write-ins if they are registered with the secretary of the state. Mr. Pelto, who has attracted liberal Democrats unhappy with Mr. Malloy, was once seen as a potential spoiler in the race but was unable to make it onto the ballot as a petition candidate. Mr. Visconti could end up taking votes from Mr. Foley, though, as he is running to his right.

In the U.S. 4th Congressional District, Mr. Himes is seeking a fourth term in office and is once again running against Mr. Debicella, whom he defeated in 2010. The Himes campaign has expressed confidence in his re-election but Mr. Debicella has said he believes they are tied going into Tuesday. Two people have registered as official write-in candidates for the 4th District. They are Stephen Miller and Sophie Pastore.

Several statewide offices are also on the ballot this year.

For secretary of the state, Democratic incumbent Denise Merrill is being challenged by Republican Peter Lumaj and Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa. Ms. Merrill is also endorsed by the Working Families Party and Mr. Lumaj by the Independent Party. Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Democrat Denise Nappier for state treasurer. Mr. Herbst is also running on the Independent line and Ms. Nappier on the Working Families line. Comptroller Kevin Lembo, a Democrat also endorsed by the Working Families Party, is up against Republican Sharon McLaughlin, who is also endorsed by the Independent Party, as well as Rolf Maurer of the Green Party.

Republican Kie Westby and Green Party candidate Stephen Fournier are challenging the Democratic incumbent, George Jepsen, for the state attorney general spot. Mr. Jepsen, a former Greenwich resident, is also running on the Working Families line, and Mr. Westby also appears on the Independent Party line.

After the withdrawal of Democratic challenger Marc Abrams from the race in the 149th District, only one of the town’s state representative seats is in a competitive election. In the 150th District, with incumbent state Rep. Stephen Walko not seeking a new term, the race for the open seat is between Republican candidate Michael Bocchino and Democratic candidate Jill Oberlander.

State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149th) and state Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st) do not have opponents. State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th) does not have a Democratic challenger but is running against the Green Party’s Ed Heflin.

Greenwich voters will also have a ballot referendum to consider. Question 1 asks if the state constitution should be changed to remove absentee ballot restrictions and to permit voting without having to appear at a polling place on Election Day.

A Yes vote does not make any immediate changes to voting regulations, but would pave the way for legislators to discuss them. Many lawmakers have expressed support for no-excuse absentee voting and some sort of early voting. More information is available at the Greenwich League of Women Voters website, Lwvg.org/.

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