Election Day 2012: Middletown

Where to vote, the list of candidates, and how the town voted in past elections. Check back mid-day for updates from the polling stations.

Editor's Note: We're getting some interesting reports from the polls. Make sure you let us know what you are seeing and hearing by commenting below and/or uploading your photos to this story!

6:30 p.m.

Republican Common Councilwoman Deb Kleckowski, who is challenging state Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100th, was just pulling into Spencer School when we caught her by cell phone. "I hope to have a new job by 9 p.m.," she said, then praised America's voting system, compared to other countries. "That to me is great. This is a great privilege we have."

5:30 p.m. 

The registar of voters says the 4 p.m. tally shows 13,510 voters turned out so far — 55.82 percent of registered folks in Middletown.

5 p.m.

We caught Republican Callie Grippo, who's challenging longterm 33rd District Rep. Joseph Serra, at home taking a 15-minute break before she heads back out to Spencer. Grippo, who feels confident and is not a bit nervous, says she spent five hours today at Moody School greeting voters with Joe. She said she couldn't believe the high voter turnout.

3:30 p.m.

Republican Registar of Voters Janice Gionfriddo says the polls have been so busy that moderators have not been able to call in their numbers hourly. "It's been crazy," she admits. She gives us the 1 p.m. count: 10,314 voters, or 42.61 percent of those registered.

12 p.m.

The senior center voting location is chugging along. We see the Wesleyan University voting shuttle van making its rounds and seniors talking outside before voting.

11:43 a.m.

We stop by city hall and are surprised to find the lobby full of unregistered voters there for a Presidential ballot. "We've had 200 already," Town Clerk Sandra Russo-Driska says. "By the end, we'll have 800." Many of the folks there have not voted in so many years their names were taken off the polls, Russo-Driska says, they forgot to register before the deadline or only vote for president and vice president.

We peek inside council chambers and see all the council persons' seats filled with folks counting absentee ballots, including former Mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano!

10:41 a.m.

We had heard that South Fire was getting many people showing up to vote not knowing their District had been redistricted. Moderator Sallie Milardo estimates they've been turning away 25 percent of voters, who are saying they never received the registar's card in the mail this spring. District 9 has 550 votes. "The primary was much worse," Milardo says. Depending on where they live, Milardo was sending folks to districts 9, 11 or 12. 

Outside, 9th-grader Joey Sands, his sisters Emily Rose and Jane Rose-Sands man a bake sale table raising funds for Farm Hill School. "If you eat these," Joey says as voters walk past, "you'll live forever." On the way out, he's changed his tune slightly. "If you eat these, you'll be rich."

10:25 a.m.

We head over to Woodrow Wilson Middle School on the report that there are masses of people. Turns out, the rumor is correct. The entire gym is filled with voters for the 11th and 12th Districts, but things are moving swiftly and smoothly. Already 719 had voted in the 11th and 714 in the 12th.

9:50 a.m.

Reports that Snow School's District 7 voting machine is down are confirmed by moderator Mitchell Winn — who says the registrar's office sent out a replacement machine and had it running in less than an hour. District 7 has 127 votes and District 8 has 376.

9:25 a.m. 

Macdonough Elementary School (District 1) has 321 voters by now. By 1 p.m., Jennifer Alexander tells us 558 of the approximately 1,600 registered voters have cast their ballots. We see four Linda McMahon signs lying flat on the grass. One across the street remains up.  

Wondering why both the registrars of voters are on the ballot, the office kindly tells us each party nominates a registrar — Democrat Sandra L. Faraci and Republican Janice Gionfriddo will both win regardless.

8:20 a.m.

Michael reports on our Facebook page: "Voting Machine for District 7 (snow school) is down. They are having voters drop ballots in a trap door on the side of the machine without them being counted. You have to wonder if those ballots WILL be counted later on such a busy day."

Original story

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Middletown residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 3rd Assembly District, a state Senator from the 13th District and a state Representative from the each of the 33rd and 100th Assembly Districts.

Related stories

  • Joseph Serra: Democratic Candidate for 33rd House District
  • Republican Common Council Candidate: Meet Deborah Kleckowski
  • Middletown Election Guide 2012
  • Matthew Lesser: Democratic Candidate for 100th Assembly District

See below for information on where to go to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Middletown 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.

Middletown Polling Stations

  • District 1 — MacDonough School, 66 Spring Street
  • District 2 and 13 — Spencer School, 207 Westfield Street
  • District 3 and 6 — Middletown High School, 200 LaRosa Lane
  • District 4 and 5 — Moody School, 300 Country Club Road
  • District 7 and 8 — Snow School, 299 Wadsworth Street
  • District 9 — Wesley School, 10 Wesleyan Hills Road
  • District 10 — South Fire House, 445 Randolph Road
  • District 11 and 12 — Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Avenue
  • District 14 — Senior Center, 150 William Street

Local Candidates


  • U.S. Senate: Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R).
  • U.S. Rep.: Incumbent Rosa DeLauro (D), challenged by Republican Wayne Winsley.
  • 33rd Assembly District: Incumbent Joseph Serra (D), challenged by Republican Callie Grippo
  • 100th Assembly District: Incumbent Matthew Lesser (D), challenged by Republican Deborah Kleckowski.
  • 9th Senate: Sen. Paul Doyle (D) challenged by Republican Joe Dinunzio.
  • 13th Senate: Sen. Len Suzio (R) challenged by Democrat Dante Bartolomeo.
  • Registrar of Voters: Janice Gionfriddo (R) and Sandra Faraci (D).

How Middletown Voted in 2008 (84.7% Turnout)

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


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 15,143 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 5,907 votes


  • John B. Larson (D) — 2,659 votes
  • Joe Visconti (R) — 953 votes


  • Rosa DeLauro (D) — 10,764 votes
  • Bo Itshaky (R) — 2,696 votes


  • Paul Doyle (D) — 7,618 votes
  • Ralph Capenera (R) — 3,793 votes


  • Tim Lenox (D) — 1,769 votes
  • Thomas Gaffey (R) — 5,153 votes

Republican Len. Suzio won a special election Feb. 22, 2011, succeeding Gaffey, who resigned after pleading guilty to overbilling travel expenses.


  • Joseph Serra (D) — 5,903 votes
  • Catherine Johnson (R) — 3,200 votes


  • Gail Hamm (D) — 2,197 votes
  • David Bauer (R) — 1,103 votes


  • Matthew Lesser (D) — 3,156 votes
  • Raymond Kalinowski (R) — 2,000 votes


  • Jim O'Rourke (D) — 311 votes
  • Scott Adamsons (R) — 98 votes

How Middletown Voted in 2010 (64.7% Turnout)

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


  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 9,176 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R) — 4,833 votes


  • John Larson (D) — 1,745 votes
  • Ann Brickley (R) — 888 votes


  • Rosa DeLauro (D) — 7,273 votes
  • Jerry Labriola Jr. (R) — 3,169 votes


  • Thomas Gaffey (D) — 3,469 votes
  • Len Suzio (R) — 2,179 votes


  • Paul Doyle (D) — 5,400 votes
  • Dom Mazzoccoli (R) — 2,337 votes


  • Jim O'Rourke (D) — 186 votes
  • Christie Carpino (R) — 93 votes


  • Joseph Serra (D) — 4,435 votes
  • David Bauer (R) — 2,240 votes


  • Gail Hamm (D) — 1,422 votes
  • Earle Roberts (R) — 1,053 votes


  • Matthew Lesser (D) — 2,476 votes
  • John Szewczyk (R) — 1,510 votes


Southie November 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Redistricting not going smoothly @ South Fire many citizens showing up @ the wrong polling location and they are not happy.
Darrell Lucas November 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
After all that effort to inform people of changes and it still didn't get through to some. Its gonna happen. Tell them to relax and where to go. How much time is lost? 10 minuets?
MAC November 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Vote for Wayne Winsley and Retire Rosa, "Diva of Debt, Deficit, and Dependency" from her 22 years as a 'career politician' in congress. "We ALL Win with Winsley!" whether you are Democrat, Republican or unaffiliated! Thanks for the humor and wisdom, Wayne--delivered with such enthusiasm, intelligence and personal warmth during this crucial campaign. For those who have not met Wayne at a meeting or one of the rallies, please check him out at www.winsleyforcongress.org. Please spread the word about what a fantastic replacement for DeLauro that Winsley will be in congress! Wayne is also on Facebook. www.facebook.com/Winsley.for.Congress If you support Wayne, you can help by picking up a sign, gather some friends and family and hold an impromptu rally at a busy intersection! You can help today by standing at a polling place in the 3rd Congressional District with a Winsley sign, wearing his button and a smile, and letting voters know: "You have a real CHOICE for congress! We All Win with Winsley!" Here is a one minute video message from Wayne: http://t.co/x7Rxb9DC "You have a choice this election!" https://www.facebook.com/RosaDeLauroCronyism
Crgbjim November 06, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Deb k is up against Matt Lesser Not Joe Serra! All incorrect information
Christopher Schaefer November 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM


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