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Election Day 2019: What You Need to Know to Vote in West Hartford

The information you need about polling places and a copy of the ballot, plus links to candidate profiles.

By Ronni Newton

It’s hard not to know that Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, is Election Day, but do you know what to do come Tuesday morning?

Do you know where your polling place is in West Hartford?

The Town of West Hartford has nine polling places. All municipal candidates are running for “at large” seats, and the ballots are exactly the same for each district, but voters must still vote at their assigned polling place. If you’re uncertain of where to vote, you can check via this link to the Secretary of State’s website.

All polling places are open on Election Day from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.:

District no. 1 – King Philip Middle School, 100 King Philip Dr.
District  no. 2 – Bristow Middle School, 34 Highland St.
District no. 3 – West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St.
District no. 4 – Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave.
District no. 5 – Wolcott School, 71 Wolcott Rd.
District no. 6 – Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Rd.
District no. 7 – Sedgwick Middle School, 128 Sedgwick Rd.
District no. 8 – Braeburn School, 45 Braeburn Rd.
District no. 9 – Hall High School, 975 North Main St.

All voters need to provide proper identification. For information about acceptable forms of ID, click here.

Absentee Ballots

If you are voting by Absentee Ballot, your ballot must be received the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2019.

You may have picked up a ballot application at Town Hall, downloaded one from the town’s website, or received one from a candidate or another distributor who has signed up with the Town Clerk’s office – all of which are legal ways to obtain an application.

An application is just a form to obtain a ballot, but the rules for voting by Absentee Ballot are very specific and must be followed strictly.

The multi-step process for sending a voter an Absentee Ballot has checks and balances – of names, addresses, birth date, and more – to guard against voter fraud, and the process by which the ballots are logged back in after receipt, counted, and ultimately tabulated is also very specific. Everything is kept confidential, and there is a paper trail, which is very important, Town Clerk Essie Labrot said in a previous interview.

Absentee Ballots, once received, are stored in the vault at Town Hall, and are not opened until Election Day.

Election Day Registration

Anyone who is eligible to vote but has not registered may still vote. Election Day registration will take place in Room 400 of West Hartford Town Hall from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Who is running for office?

We’ve all seen the campaign ads and signs posted around town, but here’s the complete list of Town Council and Board of Education candidates for whom West Hartford residents can vote. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the names for links to the candidate profiles that have been submitted to We-Ha.com in response to an identical questionnaire that was provided for their completion. A PDF copy of the ballot can be seen above.

Town Council

Carol Anderson Blanks

Rick Bush

Shari Cantor

Al Cortes

Leon Davidoff

Mary Fay

Lee Gold

Beth Kerrigan

Liam Sweeney

Ben Wenograd

Chris Williams

Janée Woods Weber

Board of Education

Amanda Aronson

Sean Passan

Ari Steinberg

Mark Zydanowicz

Town Clerk

Essie Labrot

Candidates have also provided information to the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford, and that voter guide has been printed in the current issue of West Hartford LIFE. Click here for the LWVGH West Hartford Voters Guide. [Editor’s Note: Janée Woods Weber is running as a member of the Working Families Party, not “unaffiliated” as stated in the guide.]

We-Ha.com will be providing coverage of the 2019 municipal election and will post complete results as soon as they are available.

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