Fairfield Election Day essentials

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Fairfield residents will have the chance to cast their votes for candidates for state and federal offices on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polling sites are located throughout town, and special registration and polling provisions apply this year.

Open offices

State-wide offices up for re-election this year are governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of the state, treasurer, comptroller, and attorney general. Voters will also be choosing representatives for the state House and state Senate. In Fairfield, there are two candidates running for state Senate and six candidates vying for three state Rep seats.

The one federal election Fairfielders will participate in this year is for the Fourth Congressional District Representative. Incumbent Democrat Jim Himes is defending the seat against Republican challenger Dan Debicella.

Constitutional referendum

Connecticut voters this year will be asked to vote on a ballot initiative concerning early and absentee voting. According to the League of Women Voters of Fairfield, currently, the state constitution limits absentee ballots to cases of illness or disability, planned absence from the polling site on Election Day, or religious prohibition, and the state legislature is prohibited from discussing changes to those rules without an amendment to the constitution.

The question that will appear on the ballot is  “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”

Polling places

Registered voters in town are each assigned to one of 10 polling sites, based on their home address:

•    Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace
•    St. Pius X School, 824 Brookside Drive
•    Dwight Elementary School, 1600 Redding Road
•    Osborn Hill School, 760 Stillson Road
•    McKinley School, 60 Thompson Street
•    Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue
•    North Stratfield School, 190 Putting Green Road
•    Holland Hill School, 200 Meadowcroft Road
•    Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road
•    Roger Sherman School, 250 Fern Street

To learn your polling site, contact the town Registrar of Voters at (203) 256-3115, or go to their website, www.fairfieldct.org/vote, and follow the link to the voting district map.

Voting hours

The polls are open in Fairfield from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m., and according to the town registrar of voters’ office, results for Fairfield will be posted on the office website late Tuesday night.

The Fairfield Sun will also post election results on our website, www.fairfield-sun.com, on Tuesday night.

Election Day registration

For just the second time, Connecticut will have Election Day registration. While regular voter registration for this election ended Tuesday, Oct. 28, Fairfield voters who missed that deadline will still be able to vote on Election Day by registering in the first floor conference room of  Independence Hall between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Curbside ballot

Fairfield has a “curbside ballot” program for infirm voters for whom it is burdensome to enter their polling place. Under the program, voters who arrive at their polling site by car can have their identification checked in their car by the Republican and Democratic Assistant Registrars of Voters for that site. Those voters and are then allowed to fill out a ballot in their cars.

Schools closed

Fairfield public schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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