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November 5th, 2016

Mickey Mouse Not Eligible for Write-ins

by Christopher O'Brien

Does your vote count?

If you plan on writing in the name of “Mickey Mouse”,  Bernie Sanders, or Tom hanks on the write- in line of your ballot, you very well could be wasting your time. Your vote will not be counted.

That’s not to say that Mickey Mouse isn’t a popular option, nor that Tom Hanks might be a better President than the other candidates in 2016. Of any candidate over the past 80 years, Mickey is probably the most popular. However, state laws, require that a candidate be registered with the Secretary of State’s office, so we may never know how many votes he’s ever actually had.

Denise Merrill’s office released a list of 20 eligible names for write-in votes last week. State law says that voters can write in the pair of President and Vice President candidates, or simply just write in the name of the Presidential candidate in the write-in space provided on your ballot. Either will count for a vote for the candidate ticket specified by the voter.

Click HERE for the list of eligible write-in candidates

Have trouble spelling your candidate’s name? No problem, as long as the spelling errors are minor and the election worker would understand the intent of the voter. But, it still helps to write the name on a piece of paper to take with you to the polls, especially in case two eligible names might be similar. You don’t want to write “McCain” when you intend “McMullin”. Oh, and make sure your handwriting is legible!

Learn about some of the local write-in candidates for President

There’s another qualification for write-in votes

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April 24th, 2016

GOP Candidate Interviews

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartRegistered Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their preferred nominee for President. 28 delegates are at stake. Most recent polls suggest that each of the three candidates are likely to receive delegates. The question is how many. If Ted Cruz receives more than 20%, he’ll likely get 3 delegates. (Polls range from 17-21%). Kasich is polling in the high 20s which would result in at least 4 delegates. If Donald Trump receives more than 50%, he’ll get all 28 delegates- but if not, he’ll only get a proportion. His polls range from the low 40s to about 51%.

 

Unaffiliated and new voters have until noon on Monday to register – in person – at Town Hall. 17 year olds can vote as long as they turn 18 on or before November 8th.  WTNH has some resources to verify your eligibility and your voter location: WTNH Voter’s Reference Guide

We’re providing links to voter guides and interviews with all three candidates here below and later today.

Family Research Council’s Voter Guide on Family oriented issues: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16B01.pdf

Politifact: Ascertains the truth or untruth of many of the candidates’ statements. They have their own biases, but can give a guide to what has been said. http://www.politifact.com/

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October 21st, 2015

Candidates Forum Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote boxDo you know who you’ll be voting for in November?
Every two years voters will renew or change the neighbors who represent them in town government, and this year is no exception. The Junior Women’s Club will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum Thursday, October 22nd in the Tyrrell School gym. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Current Mayor

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May 31st, 2014

Town Referendum Today on $11.9 Million Road Bond

by Christopher O'Brien

Town residents head to Wolcott High School today to vote on whether to approve an $11,910,000 bonding projects for roads, schools and a new public works garage. The High School is the only polling place for the vote including for those residents who normally vote at Wakelee or Tyrrell schools. The polls are open from 8 am – 8 pm.

The bonding package, involves the following general areas:

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November 6th, 2013

2013 Election Results

by Christopher O'Brien
Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

About 48.5% of registered voters showed up to the polls Tuesday according to data released by the Town Clerk on Wednesday. That’s about four points higher than the average for the past four municipal elections. An aggressive campaign by Democratic candidate Michael Gugliotti against five term uncumbent Tom Dunn likely fueled added interest in the race this year. In contrast, only 35% of voters showed up to vote in 2005 when Dunn ran unopposed but other local seats were up for grabs.

2013 Town Election Results

For the first time in several years, no candidate came close enough to force a recount.

Out of the 5,429 voters who turned out for the election, five candidates recieved over 3,000 votes: Mayor Dunn, Third District Councilor Roger Picard, Board of Education member Roberta Leonard, Constable Paul Gallucci, and Town Clerk Debbie Slater, who was uncontested. Dunn received 4,155 votes.

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November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes.All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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November 5th, 2013

O’Leary Electrifies Dunn Rally; Lt. Gov. Rallies Dems Towards Finish

by Christopher O'Brien
Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father and Republican Town Chairman gets their car ready for a final motorcade Sunday afternoon

Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father Greg Dandio readies gets their minivan for a Republican rally Sunday afternoon

By Chris O’Brien

Heavy hitters from Waterbury and Hartford pumped up political campaign rallies as teams gathered their supporters before their final push towards Election Day.

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

“We have two days and twenty minutes enjoy the pizza, because this is your last meal,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman told town Democrats in her trademark red dress and heels at J & M Pizza Sunday night. Second District Council candidate Anthony Gugliotti reminded supporters that their ticket had vastly more experience at running town government than Republicans. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be successful.”

Democrats were backing recently retired Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti to challenge current Mayor Tom Dunn’s 10 year record. But just down the road was another former Waterbury Police Chief giving a different kind of speech.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O'Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O’Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

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“You don’t just wake up and say you’re qualified to become the Mayor of Wolcott. You put your time in with the community and townspeople. Your family gets involved intimately with the community. And that’s what the Dunn family and Tommy have done,.” O’Leary said, working up the standing-room only crowd of over 250. He and Dunn’s daughter Bridget warmed up the crowd noting Dunn’s record on taxes and keeping stable budgets.

Democrats echoed how important personal relationships are to local governance. Wyman recalled how she couldn’t leave supermarkets without getting stopped by neighbors to talk about her service on Tolland’s Board of Education. “The milk reached its expiration date before I left the store!” the restaurant erupted in laughter. Now, she says its easier because her role isn’t as direct.  “To me its the most personable and caring – you can deliver faster than any of us can (at the state level).” said Wyman.

CHECK BACK SOON AS VIDEO WILL BE ADDED….

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October 8th, 2013

Election Choices: What Does That Person Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartLocal politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. A President, for instance, campaigns for office only through our television sets and airways and most of us will never meet a Presidential candidate. However, we might bump into our local leaders on a regular basis in  IGA, Dunkin Donuts, church or a school function on any day of the week. We know their faces, but are you aware of the decisions they make that impact your life every day?

In many respects, your local elected leaders have a larger impact than the President or Congress. When politicians run for higher office, they often get their start on the local level as well. You can’t run a country with trillions of dollar budgets without first understanding million dollar budgets impacting a few thousand residents.

When you go into the voting booth on November 5th, will you know what you are selecting a candidate to actually do? Or will you choose them simply by name or facial recognition? Are they the best candidate for the job, and if so, what qualities matches that job applicant for that particular office?

This article is intended to help voters understand how Wolcott’s government works, and who does what.

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October 8th, 2013

Wolcott Election Coming Soon!

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents have an opportunity to choose their locally elected leaders every two years. From appeals boards to Mayor, many of our neighbors volunteer their time to ensure our government runs smoothly and fairly. We choose residents to manage education curriculum, approve school contracts, and oversee our superintendant. Other residents will be chosen to manage the town’s budgets and set a tax rate for the next two years. Another resident will be chosen to collect those taxes and also be fair to those who are hampered by the economy in paying their taxes.

 

In all, 31 slots are open for elected office on November 5th. Yet, of the 50 candidates, whom will you choose? And what rational will you select one candidate over another?

In the coming four weeks, the Whisper will run articles about the election and profiles about the candidates. Every candidate is invited to submit a profile and will be asked to answer a few questions. These are intended so the public can make an informed choice for their leaders.

All residents are also invited to submit their views on any issue they feel is important, or endorsing any particular candidate.

 

All submissions may be editted for clarity and space and letters generally should be less than 550 words. Please e-mail us at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com .

October 8th, 2013

Judge Grants Minor Parties Ballot Access

by Christopher O'Brien

By Brian Woodman Jr. | CT News Junkie

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is lauding a judge’s order permitting a minor political party’s candidates to appear on the ballot in Westport and East Hampton’s municipal election despite their failure to comply with state election law.

In Westport, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss was prohibited from allowing three candidates from the “Save Westport Now” party who were running for the Planning and Zoning Commission to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot because they had failed to sign their endorsement paperwork, according to court documents. But Stamford Superior Court Judge Kenneth Povodator ordered Strauss to include David Lessing, Andra Vebell, and Allan Hodge on the ballot, despite the requirement passed into law in 2011.

That decision and two others decided Monday were praised by Merrill and other minor party candidates in similar situations.

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