Election Day 2012: Vernon

It's been a steady stream of voters throughout the day at the polling stations.

Updated, Oct. 7, 1:01 a.m.

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Vernon residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 2nd District, a state Senator from the 35th District and a state Representative from the 56th District.

See below for information on where to go to cast your ballot and the list of candidates is attached as a sample ballot. We've also included how Vernon 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.

Vernon Polling Stations

  • District 1: Northeast School, 69 East St.
  • District 2: Rockville High School, 70 Loveland Hill Rd.
  • District 3: Skinner Road School, 90 Skinner Road
  • District 4: Vernon Center Middle School, 777 Hartford Turnpike

How Vernon Voted in 2008 (84.67% Turnout)

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


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 8,645 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 5,098 votes


  • Joseph Courtney (D) — 8,331 votes
  • Sean Sullivan (R) — 3,487 votes


  • No candidate (D)
  • Tony Guglielmo (R) — 8,642 votes


  • Claire janowski (D)- 7,715 votes
  • No candidate (R)

8th Assembly District

  • Joan Lewis (D) - 5,968
  • Tim Ackert (R) — 5,845

How Vernon Voted in 2010 61.69% Turnout)

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


  • Blumenthal (D) — 5,035 votes
  • McMahon (R) — 4,126 votes


  • Joseph Courtney (D) — 5,829 votes
  • Janet Peckinpaugh (R) — 3,370 votes


  • Susan Eastwood (D) — 13,124 votes
  • Tony Guglielmo (R) — 23,996 votes


  • Claire Janowski (D) — 4,193 votes
  • Mark Etre (R) — 2,543

8th Assembly District

  • Joan Lewis (D) — 4,337 votes
  • Timithy Ackert  (R) — 5,469 votes


U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney was out early. He voted at 7 a.m. at Vernon Center Middle School. VCMS had 239 voters through the doors by 7. Northeast School had 291 by 7.

"This is a district you never take for granted, so we worked hard," the 2nd District Democrat said. "It's in the voters hands now."

Courtney certainly recieved a hand for sure when he made a campaign stop at Northeast School.

"You have my vote Joe!" one woman said as she crossed East Street.

"Hello neighbor!" said another as he drove by in a car looking for a place to park.

Courtney headed to Enfield after leaving his hometown at about 8. He was also making a stop in Mansfield and was to take in the results in Norwich.

Courtney's Repuboican opponent, Paul Formica, was to make an appearance in Vernon at 2 p.m. at VCMS.

The Democrats beat the Republicans to the sidewalks - at least at VCMS and Northeast School. They were the only ones out there before 8.

Town Council member Thomas DiDio ws the lone campaigner at VCMS at 7.

Unless you count a cardboard cutout of the president.

"He's not here is body, but he is here in spirit," DiDio said.

The most interesting election Facebook post so far at 9 a.m.? The Mount Snow "Vote Snow" button.

District 2 voters began lining up at Rockville High School at 5:30 a.m., a half-hour before the polls opened. By 7 a.m., 300 had voted there and by 11, the count was 1,532.

Lenny Szarek Jr. said the lines were moving well at Skinner Road School after he voted at noon. That was pretty much the norm throughout the first half of the day. One moderator said even the "woodwork voters," thosew who try to gert away with stuff like voting in a different town, really were not out.

Most also seemed to be at the right polling place in thefirst major election after the town consolidated to four polling places.

The 1 p.m. totals were:

District 1 - 1,518.

District 2 - 1,995.

District 3 - 1,492.

District 4 - 1,540.

Votes totaled 12,546 and the turnout was 77.4 percent.

Nance November 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I would like to know if you do a right in vote under other and write in a name when you put your ballot in when does that name get counted or it just doesn't?


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