NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk election information for you:
- District A BoE candidate Azima shares credentials
- Wells: Norwalk electoral process secure from hackers
- Unaffiliated voters outnumber Democrats
Azima: ‘Passion for working with youth’
The Democratic candidate to represent District A on the Board of Education has a master’s degree in social work and is employed by the Connecticut Rise Network as an on track coordinator for Westhill High School.
Godfrey Azima, a Tracey Elementary School Governance Council member, is running against Republican retired teacher Alexandrea Kemeny in the heavily Democratic district.
Azima, the father of four children all under the age of seven, grew up in Stamford as the son of two Haitian immigrants. He and his wife have lived in Norwalk for 10 years and have carefully considered where they want to raise their children, he said in a letter to District A, writing, “Our positive experience at Tracey Elementary School has single-handedly finalized our decision to stay in Norwalk. I have also learned a great deal about Norwalk Public Schools through my experience on the School Governance Council.”
Azima earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Central Connecticut State University, then attained a family advocacy position for Stamford Academy Charter High School, he wrote. He has also worked for the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center as a program director and Stamford Public Schools, in a variety of capacities, including head of Links Academy High School, according to his resume.
“These leadership positions gave me the ability to create and facilitate programs that would directly impact minority youth,” he wrote. “I acquired strong management and leadership skills that have enabled me to build a successful record of creating and implementing youth development programs designed to support academic achievement.”
Microsoft not needed
It was recently reported that Microsoft is giving away software to guard United States voting machines.
Norwalk doesn’t need it, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said. Neither does Connecticut.
“Our Tabulators are not connected to the internet in any way or at any time. They do not have either a USB flashdrive connection or a Cat5 connection. They do have an old-style serial port, which could be hooked up using a 1,200 baud modem – something I haven’t seen in about 20 years and certainly do not have. In any event the serial port is sealed so it can’t be used.
“Also, the tabulator just reads the voter’s hand-filled-out paper ballot and deposits it in a bin in the bottom of the ballot box. We always have the actual ballots in case of any doubt or malfunction. And, of course, all the tabulators are serviced annually and their accuracy is tested prior to each election or primary. The registrars do the testing personally and it is open to the public and the records (test deck and tapes) are kept.
“There is also a ballot marking device designed for certain handicaps, although anyone can use it. However, the voter’s selections are printed onto an actual ballot which is processed by the tabulator like other ballots. The voter can verify that the device marked the ballots correctly by checking the ballot. (Obviously verification fails in the case of a blind voter – the best we can offer is an election official of the voter’s choice to read the ballot choices to the voter for approval before the ballot is cast.)
“Microsoft’s software ‘guard’ mentioned in the article is designed for voting machines that work differently from the tabulators in use throughout Connecticut.
“Both the Secretary of the State’s office and Norwalk’s IT Department are well aware of the potential for electronic disruption of our elections and we are working with them and the Department of Homeland Security to counter any threats. Among other things we get weekly security alerts from the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).”
Norwalk’s party affiliations
Wells on July 22, provided this breakdown of the Norwalk electorate:
- 20,562 registered Democrats
- 9,762 registered Republicans
- 22,452 unaffiliated voters
- 1,053 independent voters
That’s 24,666 men and 29,023 women.
By district, the tally is:
- 4,505 Democrats
- 1,445 Republicans
- 4,489 unaffiliated
- 189 independent
- 3,780 Democrats
- 697 Republicans
- 3,193 unaffiliated
- 108 independent
- 3,958 Democrats
- 2,211 Republicans
- 4,611 unaffiliated
- 224 independent
- 4,058 Democrats
- 2,842 Republicans
- 5,386 unaffiliated
- 271 independent
- 4,261 Democrats
- 2,567 Republicans
- 4,773 unaffiliated
- 261 independent