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Are You Prepared to Vote in Durham? The Political Landscape Has Changed

2011's redristricting led to some drastic changes for voters in town. We're here to help so that you know who you're voting for come Election Day.

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in Durham will head to the polls to cast their ballots in this year's Presidential election.

When the polls open at 6 a.m. at Korn School, poll workers will be prepared to answer questions. And it's likely there will be plenty to go around.

If you hadn't already heard, 2011's redistricting did a number on the town's election process by dividing the town into three distinct voting districts.

Confused yet? Okay, follow along.

Essentially, everyone living east of the Coginchaug river will be represented by the Senate's 12th District and House's 101st District, or what's known as Durham's 2nd precinct.

Battling for the 12th District seat are incumbent Democrat Ed Meyer and Republican Cindy Cartier. In the 101st District, voters will choose between incumbent Republican Noreen Kokoruda and her Democratic challenger, David Dwyer.

For most residents living west of the Coginchaug River, the Senate's 34th District and House's 86th District is up for grabs, or what's known as Durham's 4th precinct.

Incumbent Republican Len Fasano is being challenged by Democrat Steve Fontana for the 34th District seat. Vincent Candelora, a Republican who's held office since 2007, is running unopposed for the 86th District seat.

And here's where it gets tricky.

A small number of residents — like those living on Boulder View Court and Arrowhead Court and a number of residents living in the far southwest corner of town — will vote for candidates in the Senate's 12th District and House's 86th District. They're a part of Durham's 3rd precinct.

Now are you confused?

Well, if you're still unsure of which candidates you're supposed to be choosing from, here's a street-by-street breakdown of the precincts. Use it to match up your precinct with the candidates you'll be voting for.

Or better yet, check out our PDFs of sample ballots from each precinct to get an idea of what names you'll see on this year's ballot.

Oh yeah, there's some good news.

All of Durham is now in the 3rd Congressional District. So, voters will have a choice between incumbent Democrat Rosa DeLauro or her Republican challenger, Wayne Winsley.

Don't forget to vote for President too!

nana of 5 October 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Can anyone tell me why they have sliced up a small town like Durham? Now I am sure that they are all without brains or common sense. These are the people who run this state!!!! God Help us all
Nunya Zness October 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
They have brains, and they have common sense. We have been thrown under the bus. The question is, who in the redistricting process did it?
JustinEth October 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering
MAC October 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
It's time to retire 22-yr incumbent, career politician Rosa DeLauro! "POLITICAL OFFICE = GET-RICH SCAM "Only 5 years ago, Rosa DeLauro was worth a 'mere' $5 Million—thanks to Washington cronyism. Today Americans struggle to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression: lost jobs, foreclosed homes, retirement savings depleted. BUT NOT DELAURO—today HER net wealth has GROWN to an obscene $17+ MILLION! 'Professional Politician' indeed!"... "And HERE is the scam by which she stuffs her pockets–with campaign money! “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]' ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research 'for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, ...It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.' [No kidding!] '..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.”... http://www.humanevents.com/2011/10/04/delauro-campaign-finances-raise-questions/ http://rosadelauroexposed.wordpress.com/ Vote for Wayne Winsley, man of Integrity! www.winsleyforcongress.org

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