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Election Day is upon us

Voting booths, during the Aug. 11 primary at Marvin Elementary School.

Election Day is Tuesday. Many Norwalkers have already voted by absentee ballot.

Updated, 12:53 p.m.: More information.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s Election Day, though many votes were already submitted before the polls open at 6 a.m.

Norwalkers had returned 16,103 absentee ballots to the Town Clerk’s Office at the end of business Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. But it’s still possible to vote via absentee: get it into a drop box by 8 p.m.

They are at:

  • City Hall, located at 125 East Ave.
  • Norwalk Police headquarters, located at 1 Monroe St.
  • The Norwalk Public Library, located a 1 Belden Ave.

If you’ve dropped your absentee ballot off or put it into the mail, you can check the Secretary of State’s website here to see if it’s been received.

And here is a sample ballot:

NORWALK-CT 2020 Sample Ballots

To find out where you vote, click here.  You can also go here to find out where you vote and find out which candidates you can vote for.

While adults go to the polls, the Norwalk Public Library’s South Norwalk Branch is holding an election for the kids. Click to photo to reach the ballot.

Statewide, 636,000 absentee ballots have been returned, out of 715,003 ballots applied for, an 88.95 percent return rate.

In Norwalk, the Town Clerk’s Office processed 18,182 requests for absentee ballots, with 88.57 percent of them returned. The 16,103 ballots returned were from:

  • 8,060 Democrats
  • 5,627 unaffiliated voters
  • 2,092 Republicans
  • 324 voters from other parties

 

Democrats and Republicans are approaching Election Night cautiously.

  • A very limited number of Democrats – the candidates and their spouses, one campaign person and Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez – will meet in person to view the results, addressing supporters via Zoom. Masks are required and there will be no food.
  • Although the Republican Town Committee had invited the public to a celebration gathering, those plans have been scuttled due to the COVID-19 resurgence, RTC Chairman Carl Dickens said Tuesday. Some candidates will gather in separate locations, and results will be posted to the RTC website.

 

Finally, here’s a document that will help you track nationwide results, courtesy What’sOnTheBallot.com:

Elections-tracker-20201102

8 comments

steve November 3, 2020 at 8:33 am

At Marvin at 5:30AM, already about 30 on line. At 6:15am must’ve been 200. Poll workers are doing a great job, trying to keep people socially distanced but keep it moving. People online were all enthusiastic and polite.

Nancy Guenther Chapman November 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Although the RTC website advertised an Election Night event, as of early Tuesday morning, RTC Chairman Carl Dickens informs me today that the event is cancelled. I have added this information to the story.

NiZ November 3, 2020 at 1:48 pm

NO matter the wait time or weather, I am happy to say I voted!! Folks were kind and it went well!! Marvin School.

Bryan Meek November 3, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Back in phase 2, just in time for the election.

Question, is phase 2 because there are two people in the hospital being treated right now?

Will we go back to phase 1 if that number doubles in the next week?

Where are the reports of the numbers of new cases?

Besides crippling more small businesses trying to get by, what else does the executive order aim to accomplish? How many months of steady decreases in mortality rates before we’ll let our economy operate again?

Will city hall open in time for next election cycle?

JustaTaxpayer November 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm

I voted today. One thing I notice is the potential for fraud. Let me explain. I’m asked what my street name is and then funneled to a line. One there, there is one (1) person who checks my ID and then highlights my name off the list.

So, imagine a scenario where I come back in and I’m “friendly” with the poll worker. Or, imagine I’m friendly with the worker and they fake checking me off. There are zero checks and balances. Maybe I’m missing something but it seems to me to be a flawed system.

Trust me, I’m not some conspiracy person but, in a very close race, a few votes could matter. Do the totals of crossed off voters ever get compared to the number of ballots in the box? I’m all ears

Steve November 5, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Bryan Meek it isn’t the governors 2.0 3.0 or whatever number is chosen that’s killing business its Covid-19. People do not want to go out to eat, hang out in malls etc…if there’s a risk of them getting very sick…even if they don’t die. In 1918 the economies that opened too soon so blowback when infection numbers skyrocketed and so will this. You’ve confused why people aren’t shopping- it’s not because the governor says something.

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