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Redistricting Changes Wilton's Polling Places

WILTON, Conn. – Do you know where your polling place is? Wilton’s registrars of voters are redrawing the map to go along with the statewide redistricting.

Every 10 years after the census, the federal government requires a redrawing of the maps for the state House and Senate as well as the Congressional districts, to keep the districts as equal as possible.

For Wilton, this means the state hands down the maps it drew and the town has to work with them, said Registrar of Voter Carole Young-Kleinfeld at the Tuesday Board of Selectmen meeting. She said Wilton is staying within its Congressional and state Senate and House districts but said House District 125 grew.

Plus, “Wilton gained some population,” Young-Kleinfeld said. Since the 2000 census, the town grew 2.4 percent to about 18,000 people. Also, House District 125 expanded into Wilton, she said, gaining the most new streets and homes. Because of the expansion, a redrawing of the local poling districts was required.

“We thought it made geographic sense to divide the 143rd using Cannon Road as a dividing line,” Young-Kleinfeld said. The plan keeps the three polling stations in Wilton — two for House District 143 and one for House District 125 — to accommodate the town's 11,000 voters.

One of the goals for the two registrars was “to make sure that the voters are evenly distributed among the three polling places in town – which currently they are not,” and can handle all the voters equally, Young-Kleinfeld said.

The population increase brought forward the issues of the current polling stations at Miller-Driscoll Elementary, Middlebrook Middle School and Wilton High School.

One concern is the use of Miller-Driscoll for voting. “It’s just not large enough,” Registrar of Voters Tina Gardner said. The registrars have spoken with the schools and opted to move the polling station to Cider Mill Elementary School.

However, the move won’t take place until the August primary. The Republican primary in April will still take place at Miller-Driscoll because of Board of Education concerns. School will be in session April 24, and primary voting will be a disruption. The gym is easier to access at Miller-Driscoll and would cause fewer disturbances.

“This has a chance to be very confusing for a lot of people," said Selectman Hal Clark. To make it easier for voters, the Board of Selectmen requested that they ask the school board to allow the April primary to take place at Cider Mill instead of waiting.

Even with frequent mailings planned by the registrars, many of the selectmen were concerned about getting the word out.

“It’s going to be a big change, and sadly, very few people read those notices, so we’ll need to be very clear,” Clark said.

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