UPDATED: Hamden Election Day 2012: Everything You Need to Know

From polling places to results and reactions for all local and state races, we've got you covered on Election Day. Scroll down for updates throughout the day.


Get the scoop first by:

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Hamden residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 3rd Congressional District, state representatives for the 88th, 91st and 94th districts, and state Senators in the 11th and 17th districts.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Hamden voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 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 tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Third Congressional District

Wayne Winsley (R) is trying to unseat incumbent Rosa DeLauro (D). (Click on "Third Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

88th District

Brendan Sharkey, a Democrat, is running unopposed for his seventh term in the state House of Representatives and is set to become its Speaker of the House in January.

91st District

Democrat Michael D'Agostino, the current Hamden Board of Education chairman, is running unopposed for the seat left open by the retiring Rep. Peter Villano.

94th District

Democratic Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield also is running unopposed.

11th Senate District

Sen. Martin Looney, D-11, is running unopposed. He has served since 1993 and is the Senate Majority Leader.

17th Senate District

In the only race that has a challenger, Democratic Sen. Joseph Crisco is facing Republican former Derby Board of Alderman member Tony Szewczyk.

Probate Judge

Democrat Edward "Ned" Burt and Republican Matthew Corcoran are running for Judge of Probate for Hamden and Bethany, one of the few races where there are actually two candidates.

Still Not Sure Who You're Voting For?

Check out our Election Guide to see coverage of candidate debates, updates from the campaign trail, opeds, letters and more.

Hamden Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

  • District One: Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave.
  • District Two: Helen St. School, 285 Helen St.
  • District Three: Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine St.
  • District Four: Spring Glen School, 1908 Whitney Ave.
  • District Five: Board of Education Offices, 60 Putnam Ave.
  • District Six: Ridge Hill School, 120 Carew Rd.
  • District Eight:  10 Kirk Rd.
  • District Nine: West Woods School, 350 West Todd St.

Not sure what district you're in? Click here to look up your district by street name.

Updated 5:50 p.m:

A voter coming out of Ridge Hill School said among her friends, more are voting this year than in any other year she can remember. 

"It seems like everyone is disgusted," she said. "Some are for Romney, some are for Obama, but all are disgusted with the way things are going," she said. "It seems like no one is happy."

It isn't often that an incumbent loses reelection, but it does happen -- most recently in 1992, when President George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton. The country then also was experiencing recession that had begun several years earlier.

Updated 5 p.m.:

After an afternoon lull, several of the 10 town polling places are reporting traffic is beginning to pick up and are bracing for the evening rush when it is expected many will leave work and stop off to vote.

"It's usually busiest early in the morning and later in the afternoon," one worker at the Keefe Community Center said. "Most people vote either before they go to work or after they get out. But we're ready for them."

Updated 3:30 p.m.:

All of the polls report brisk turnout. At Miller Library, the morning hours saw more than 100 voters voting an hour. Turnout was "ridiculously" high, one worker said.

Bear Path School was packed -- at one point, there was no where to park. West Woods School workers reported heavy turnout, and Hamden Middle School workers said there were 100 people waiting to vote at 6 a.m.

Updated Tuesday 12 p.m:

Hamden has 34,260 registered voters -- 16,492 Democrats, 4,157 Republicans, 13,349 Unaffiliated and 262 others. Of those, 2,107 registered last month.


How Hamden Voted in 2008 (80.74% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In; PC=Petitioning Candidate)


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 19,960 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 8,531 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez — 271 votes
  • Baldwin-Castle (WI)— 8 votes
  • McKinney and Clemente (WI) — 2 votes


  • Rosa DeLauro (D) — 19,342 votes
  • Bo Itshaky (R) — 4,422 votes
  • Ralph A. Ferrucci (G) — 790 votes
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (WF) — 2,134 votes


  • (no candidate) (R) — 0 votes
  • Martin Looney (D) — 12,311 votes


  • Joseph Crisco (D) — 6,850 votes
  • Tamath K.  Rossi (R) — 1,870 votes
  • Joseph Crisco (WF) — 537 votes


  • (no candidate) (R) — 0 votes
  • Brendan Sharkey (D) — 5,906 votes


  • (no candidate) (R) — 0 votes
  • Peter F. Villano (D) — 7,429 votes
  • Peter F. Villano (WF) -- 651 votes
  • David P. Aron (PC) -- 598 votes


  • Was not part of Hamden at that time


How Hamden Voted in 2010 (61.09% Turnout)

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


  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 13,273 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R) — 5,760 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 669 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) — 130 votes
  • John Mertens (CL) — 93 votes


  • Rosa L DeLauro (D) —  13,738 votes
  • Rosa L DeLauro (WF) —  653 votes
  • Jerry  Labriola, Jr. (R) —  5,075 votes
  • Charles A Pillsbury (G) — 271 votes


  • Matthew J Corcoran (R) — 3,997 votes
  • Martin M Looney (D) —  8,469 votes
  • Martin M Looney (WF) --  300 votes


  • Tamath K Rossi (R) —  1,591 votes
  • Joe  Crisco (D) —   4,626 votes
  • Joe  Crisco (WF) --  227 votes


  • Lesley  DeNardis (R) —  2,834 votes
  • Brendan Sharkey (D) — 4,027 votes


  • Rosalie  Cavanaugh (R) — 1,415 votes
  • Peter F. Villano (D) — 5,429 votes

96th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT (no longer includes Hamden)

  • Roland J Lemar (WF) — 116 votes
  • Roland J Lemar (D) — 2,469 votes
  • (no candidate) (R) -- 0 votes



LOIS JASON November 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I voted at BEAR PATH SCHOOL, but for those who are not familiar with location; there should be a sign on Shepard Avenue with an arrow. I gave directions to a neighbor!!!!!
Kathleen Ramunni November 06, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I remember there used to be a sign for Bear Path School at the intersection at Shepard but now it's gone.
Christopher Schaefer November 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Rosa DeLauro vs Wayne Winsley: http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »