When polls opened Tuesday morning for the special elections for State House and State Senate, the temperature was record-breaking low. Do not despair, temps will rise into the balmy low 20s, according to weather reports. The average high in Bridgeport this time of year is 41 degrees. The record high? 60, set in 2012. How does voting in Tahiti sound?
It’s not often we see political operatives in layered clothing three or four deep, scarved, hatted, grasping hand warmers. Shoot, for these elections there’s not even enough absentee ballots to keep warm. Actually, there are enough absentee ballots that could make a difference.
So what’s the turnout gonna be? Will it hit 10 percent?
Perhaps in the higher-turnout 129th State House District that has roughly 9300 eligible voters covering Black Rock, the West Side and portions of the North End and West End.
The candidates: Democrat Steve Stafstrom, Republican Enrique Torres, petitioning candidates Bob Keeley, Bob Halstead and Hector Diaz. Winner fills the vacancy of Auden Grogins, now on the state bench.
Connecticut’s 23rd Senate District has roughly 40,000 eligible voters, about 36,000 residing in Bridgeport with the rest in Stratford abutting Bridgeport’s East End.
The candidates: Democrat Ricky DeJesus, Republican Quentin Dreher, Working Families Party Ed Gomes and petitioning candidates Charles Hare and Ken Moales. Winner fills vacancy of Andres Ayala, the commissioner of the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Hmmm, will the commish be behind the wheel of a car tomorrow delivering voters to the polls?
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t know where you vote or have questions? See here.