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Still Time Left to Vote: 6,300+ Have Voted in North Branford and Northford

If you haven't voted yet, you still have about 45 minutes until polls close at 8 p.m.

Updated, Nov. 6, 2012, 7:15 p.m.

With 45 minutes left to vote in Connecticut and other states' preliminary results starting to be announced, voters are still headed to the polls in North Branford and Northford.

At 7:15 p.m., almost 3,300 had voted in District 1, which Registrar Bryon Wentworth said is a bit less than 70 percent turnout. In Northford at the District 2 polling place, 2,981 had voted. 

Updated, Nov. 6, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

VIDEO: "If We Vote, It's Going to Make the World a Better Place"
While those over 18 bustled in and out of North Branford and Northford polling places, the importance of elections wasn't lost on those not yet old enough to vote.

The adults weren't the only ones who were amped up about voting. While the Girl Scouts were there to sell cookies, they were also excited to be a part of Election Day 2012.

In Northford at the District 2 polling center, Marlena Karsmarski huddled with her friends – Gabriella Pesticci and Ariana Fiondella – to discuss the importance of voting. (see video)

Updated, Nov. 6, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

VIDEO: Casting Their First Votes Has Been a Long Time Coming
Doreen and Kevin Currie, who recently earned citizenship, were excited to head to the polls for the first time this morning.

Doreen and Kevin Currie have lived in the United States for almost two decades but have never been able to vote in an election. A process 18 years in the making, the Currie's became citizens of the U.S. on July 6, 2012 (for the full story, you can read Doreen's blog post: Our Long Journey Home).

That ceremony meant many things to the couple and also gave them the right to vote in today's elections – a privilege they both said they were honored to have. (see video)

Updated, Nov. 6, 2012, 12:45 p.m.

3,400 Turn Out to Polls by Lunchtime
If you're heading to the polls for lunchtime voting, the Girl Scouts are ready to hook you up with some dessert as they're selling Girl Scout Cookies at both locations.

The stream of voters in both District 1 and District 2 has remained steady with nearly 3,400 casting their votes by 12:45 p.m., including about 1,800 in District 1 and 1,591 in District 2.

And voters in North Branford and Northford can leave the polls with more than their 'I voted today' stickers as the Girl Scouts are set up at both locations selling Girl Scout cookies. 

In District 1, they're set up just inside the front door of Jerome Harrison with a festive table. In Northford, the girls are a bit more bundled up, stationed just outside the exit braving the cold until the polls close at 8 p.m.

Updated, Nov. 6, 2012, 10 a.m.

2,000 Turn Out to Vote by 10 a.m.

Nearly 2,000 voters in North Branford and Northford have braved the frigid temperatures to cast their vote in today's elections. 

Candidate signs line the driveways at Jerome Harrison and Stanely T. Williams, State Rep. Vinnie Candelora and his son Chris were at District 1's polling center bright and early as was Ed Meyer's son in support of his dad. 

Residents were streaming in and out of the polls and registrars in both districts said it has been busy since the polls opened at 6 a.m. with Northford registrar Paulette Hart even noting that a man was waiting at 5:30 a.m. so his could be the first ballot cast.

At 9:15 a.m., District 1 had tallied just more than 900 voters, while by 9:45 a.m., District 2 had nearly reached 1,000 voters.

Stay tuned throughout the day for more updates, which will also be shared on FacebookTwitter and at nbranfordpatch on Instagram.

Original Story, Nov. 6, 2012, 5:45 a.m.

Election Day 2012: North Branford and Northford

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, North Branford and Northford residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the third District, a state Senator from the 12th District and a state Representative from the 86th District.

See below for information on where to go to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how North Branford and Northford voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and in 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied.

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North Branford and Northford Polling Stations

  • District #1: Jerome Harrison Elementary School, 335 Foxon Rd., North Branford
  • District #2: North Branford Public Schools District Offices (Stanley T. Williams), 1332 Middletown Ave., Northford

Elections 2012: Candidates

PRESIDENT

  • Obama-Biden (D) 
  • Romney-Ryan (R) 
  • Anderson-Rodriguez (I)
  • Johnson-Grey (L)

U.S. Senator

  • Linda E. McMahon (R/I)
  • Christopher S. Murphy (D/WF)
  • Paul Passarelli (L)

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 3rd DISTRICT

  • Wayne Winsley (R)
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (D/WF)

12th SENATE DISTRICT

  • Cindy Cartier (R/I)
  • Edward Meyer (D/WF)

86th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Vincent J. Candelora (R)

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

  • Paulette C. Hart (R)
  • Judith Esposito (D)

CHARTER REVISION BALLOT QUESTIONS

There are also four questions regarding revisions to the North Branford Town Charter on the ballot. The questions and explanatory text are in the attached PDF and will also be displayed at polling places. For more on the questions, check out .

How North Branford and Northford Voted in 2008 (82% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman)

PRESIDENT

  • Obama-Biden (D) — 3779 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 3504 votes
  • Nader-Gonzalez (I) – 100
  • Castle-Baldwin (write-in) – 3

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 3rd DISTRICT

  • Bo Itshaky (R) – 1768
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (D) – 4450
  • Ralph A. Ferrucci (Green) – 195
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (WF) – 636

12th SENATE DISTRICT

  • Ryan Suerth (R)  – 2739
  • Edward Meyer (D) – 4075

86th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Vincent J. Candelora – 5016

REGISTRAR of VOTERS

  • Bryon W. Wentworth (R) – 1815
  • Marilyn Skerritt (D) – 1671
  • Paulette C. Hart (R) – 1314
  • Judith N. Esposito (D) – 1731

Question #1: Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State? 3189 Yes; 3299 No

Question #2:Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit any person who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of the regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election? 3400 Yes; 3260 No

How North Branford and Northford Voted in 2010 (60.5% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; SA=Socialist Action)

U.S. SENATE

  • Linda McMahon (R) – 2546
  • Richard Blumenthal (D) – 2568
  • Dr. John Mertens (CFL) – 23
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) – 168
  • Warren B. Mosler (I) – 43

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 3rd DISTRICT

  • Jerry Labriola Jr. (R) – 2174
  • Rosa DeLauro (D) – 2875
  • Charles A. Pillsbury (Green) – 40
  • Rosa DeLauro (WF) – 194

12th SENATE DISTRICT

  • Lisa Davenport (R) – 2735
  • Edward Meyer (D) – 2409

86th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Vincent Candelora (R) – 3854 

Here are the rest of the race results from North Branford and Northford in 2010, including governor, secretary of the state, treasurer, comptroller, attorney general, judge of probate and North Branford's registrar of voters.

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Christopher Schaefer November 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Rosa DeLauro vs Wayne Winsley: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Bob W November 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I went at 8:00 AM at Jerome Harrison and it was quiet. I am hoping people are voting today.

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