Polls open to 8 p.m.: Shelton voters decide many races today
It’s now up to the voters, who will head to Shelton’s four polling places from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.
In Shelton, residents on Tuesday will decide races for mayor, Board of Aldermen, city treasurer, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Apportionment and Taxation, and Library Board.
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In the race at the top of the ticket, Mayor Mark Lauretti is seeking a 12th term. The Republican was first elected in 1991.
“Every day for the past 22 years I’ve been front and center, and people know where I stand,” Lauretti said on Election Day eve.
He said he feels confident the voters will return him to office, and doesn’t treat election season any different than other times of the year.
“I feel pretty good — like I do every day,” Lauretti said Monday evening.
'We've campaigned very hard'
His Democratic challenger is David Gioiello, who also ran against Lauretti in 2007.
While admitting his campaign is “a long shot” due to Lauretti’s many years in office, Gioiello is hopeful the Democrats can win a few unexpected races — especially for the Board of Aldermen.
“We’ve campaigned hard and brought out issues, and now we’ll see what happens,” said Gioiello, who also is Shelton Democratic Town Committee chairman.
“We feel we have a good shot,” he said of the Democrats picking up at least one more seat on the Board of Aldermen, which the Republicans now control by a 7-1 margin.
‘Don’t take anything for granted’
His GOP counterpart, Anthony Simonetti, said the Republicans also have campaigned hard to get the support of voters and are not over-confident of victory.
“It’s like anything else you go into — you put your pants on one leg at a time,” said Simonetti, who is running for re-election as a First Ward aldermen.
“I don’t take anything for granted and I don’t make assumptions,” he said. “I once got beat when I didn’t think I would.
“Nothing,” Simonetti continued, “is for sure in life — except death and taxes.”
Seeking a 15th term
The lone Democratic alderman, Jack Finn, said he feels confident the voters will return him to office.
“I’ve been well-received at doors when doing my door-to-door,” said Finn, who is seeking his 15th term in the First Ward. He is the longest-serving alderman in Shelton history, having been first elected in 1985. Finn also is the elected Democratic registrar of voters.
He’s hopeful at least one other Democrat might join him on the Board of Aldermen. “There’s a rumor going around there might be,” Finn said. “It’s up to the electorate.”
Bring ID to the polls
Polls are open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The polling places in Shelton are Elizabeth Shelton School (First Ward), Shelton Intermediate School (Second Ward), Long Hill School (Third Ward), and Mohegan School (Fourth Ward).
Voters are being reminded to bring some form of identification with them when voting. A driver’s license will suffice in all cases but if a voter does not have a government-issued photo ID than a bank statement, utility bill, pay stub, Social Security card or other forms of identification are also acceptable.
Same-day registration possible
For the first time in Connecticut history, Election Day registration is available for any eligible voter.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said that means any citizen age 18 or older not registered to vote can go to their town or city hall on Election Day and — with the proper identifying documents — register and vote on Tuesday.
In Shelton, people who want to try to register on Election Day should go to the Registrars of Voters Office at the Lafayette Complex, 54 Grove St. (the former Lafayette School). The Registrars office is not in Shelton City Hall.
The state law enacting Election Day registration permits anyone to register and vote in person on Election Day if he or she meets the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and is not already a registered voter, or is registered in one municipality but wants to change his or her registration because he or she currently resides in another municipality.
The same-day registration process
Those wishing to register and vote on Election Day must appear in person at the designated location and declare under oath that they have not previously voted in the election. They must complete the application for voter registration and provide documents to prove their identity and residence.
Once the new voter is properly registered, he or she will be provided with a special Election Day Registration (EDR) ballot and must declare under oath that he or she did not previously vote in the election and then sign an affirmation that is printed on the back of the security envelope.
The new voter must secretly mark the ballot in the presence of the registrars or their designees, place it in the EDR envelope, and deposit the envelope in a secured EDR ballot box.