NORWALK, Conn. – Today is Election Day throughout the United States, and even though last week’s Hurricane Sandy left Norwalk’s schools closed and many residents without power, all of the city’s 12 voting locations will be up and running, Mayor Richard Moccia announced Sunday.
The polls will open and close at their regular time today, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and since all but one of the voting sites are in Norwalk public school buildings, schools will again be closed. Norwalk schools have been closed since Oct. 29 due to the storm.
“All of our voting places have power,” Moccia said. “But if we run into a problem at one of the sites, Connecticut Light & Power has a generator on standby.”
Norwalk voters will decide on a U.S. president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, and several state representatives and state senators. The city’s two registrar of voters positions are also on the ballot, but those candidates – Republican Karen Doyle Lyons and Democrat Stuart Wells – are unopposed.
For president, Democrat Barack Obama is seeking a second term, and he is opposed by former Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican. Also on the ballot for president are Libertarian Gary Johnson and Independent candidate Rocky Anderson.
In the race for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, Republican Linda McMahon is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy. Libertarian Paul Passarelli is also on the ballot, and McMahon also appears on the Independent line.
In the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Norwalk and lower Fairfield County, incumbent Democrat Jim Himes is running against Republican Steve Obstinik. Himes also appears on the Working Families line.
The choice for state senator from the 25th District is between incumbent Democrat Bob Duff and Republican Jack Chiaramonte. Chiaramonte, chairperson of the Norwalk Board of Education, is also on the Independent line.
The choice for the 137th District is between Democratic incumbent Chris Perone and Republican opponent Joanne T. Romano. Perone also appears on the Working Families line, while Romano also appears on the Independent line. The polling sites are Marvin School on Calf Pasture Beach Road, St. Mary’s Church Community Hall on West Avenue and Tracey School on Camp Street.
For the 140th District, Democratic incumbent Bruce V. Morris is running unopposed. The polling sites are Kendall School on Fillow Street, Columbus Elementary School on Concord Street and Nathaniel Ely School on Ingalls Avenue.
In the 141st District, Republican incumbent Terrie E. Wood is running against Democrat challenger Rob Werner. The polling site is Roton School on Highland Avenue.
The choice for the 142nd District is between incumbent Republican Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr., who is running against Democrat opponent Kate Tepper. Tepper also appears on the Working Families line. The polling sites are Fox Run School on Fillow Street, Ponus Ridge School on Hunters Lane and West Rocks School on West Rocks Road.
For the 143rd District, incumbent Republican Gail Lavielle is running against Democratic challenger Ted Hoffstatter. The polling sites are Nathan Hale School on Strawberry Hill Avenue and Wolfpit School on Starlight Drive.
Voters are asked to bring a form of identification to the polls in order to vote, such as a valid driver’s license. In lieu of a driver’s license, voters bring an official document that has their name, utility bill or bank statement or checkbook, or a credit card with their name and signature.