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Municipal Election in West Hartford: What You Need to Know

"I Voted" sticker. Photo credit: Ronni Newton, (we-ha.com file photo)

A municipal election will be held in West Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.

Sample ballot for West Hartford 2023 municipal election

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023 to elect candidates for Town Council, Board of Education, and Town Clerk.

All polling places will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. The polling places are listed below, and if you aren’t sure if you are registered, or which polling place you should go to, that information can be found on the Secretary of the State’s “Look Up” site here.

Polling places are:
  • District #1-1 and 1-2 – King Philip Middle School, 100 King Philip Drive
  • District #2 – Bristow Middle School, 34 Highland Street
  • District #3 – West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street
  • District #4-1 and 4-2 – Charter Oak International Academy, 425 Oakwood Avenue
  • District #5 – Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road
  • District #6 – Sedgwick Middle School, 128 Sedgwick Road
  • District #7 – Bugbee Elementary School, 1943 Asylum Avenue
  • District #8 – Hall High School, 975 North Main Street

Map of West Hartford voting districts. Town of West Hartford website

Absentee ballot voting is still available, and applications for ballots can be downloaded from the town’s website, or picked up at Town Hall or at any of the town’s public library branches.

Completed applications can be dropped off in the Election Drop Boxes which are located in front of Town Hall or in the Faxon Library parking lot, or brought to the Town Clerks’s Office at Town Hall. With less than a week until the election, mailing applications will not ensure enough time for a ballot to be received in time.

All completed ballots must be returned to Town Hall or left in one of the Election Drop Boxes by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

There are a large number of candidates running in this year’s election, and the long list includes three different parties. Voters may select only six candidates for Town Council, and two for four-year terms on the Board of Education. Jason Gagnon is running unopposed for the remaining two years of a Board of Education term, and Leon Davidoff is running unopposed for Town Clerk.

Those voting at the polls will have their ballot kicked back out of the machine if they accidentally over-vote and they will have a chance to correct it, but the absentee ballot process doesn’t allow for correction and the ballot would be invalidated.

With the large number of candidates, there is a strong possibility of close races so every vote is important.

In order to vote at the polls, you must provide identification to confirm your eligibility. Valid identification includes a drivers’ license, utility bill, paycheck, or other ID. More details about eligible identification can be found here.

Election Day Registration is available for those who have not yet registered but would like to and are eligible to vote in West Hartford. You must be at least 18 years of age and provide proper identification.

The Election Day Registration process will take place at the West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, Room 400, from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7, 2023.

More Voter Identification FAQs can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voter-Fact-Sheet

We-Ha.com has given all candidates the opportunity to complete identical questionnaires in advance of this election. The following responses have been submitted:

Town Council (listed in alphabetical order)

Meet the Candidate: Carol Anderson Blanks

Meet the Candidate: Rick Bush

Meet the Candidate: Shari Cantor

Meet the Candidate: Alberto Cortes

Meet the Candidate: Mary Fay

Meet the Candidate: Tiffani McGinnis

Meet the Candidate: Deb Polun

Meet the Candidate: Aaron Sarwar

Meet the Candidate: Barry Walters

Meet the Candidate: Ben Wenograd

Meet the Candidate: Mark Zydanowicz

Board of Education (listed in alphabetical order)

Meet the Candidate: LaToya Fernandez

Meet the Candidate: Ethan Goldman

Meet the Candidate: Shannon Marimón

Meet the Candidate: Roni Rodman

Meet the Candidate: Kristyn Rosen-Jacobs

Meet the Candidate: Kyle Zelazny

Board of Education (2-year term)

Meet the Candidate: Jason Gagnon

Town Clerk

Meet the Candidate: Leon Davidoff

The Registrars of Voters Office will be open for extended hours in preparation for the municipal election. The hours listed below are effective through Nov. 7, 2023.
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, visit the Registrars of Voters web page here.

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