Changes to assembly districts to affect 1,000 voters

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
Registrars of Voters Peg Byrnes and Mary Mourey hold a map of the East Hartford Assembly district. Changes in voting district lines will affect about 1,000 East Hartford voters. Photo by Frances Taylor.
Registrars of Voters Peg Byrnes and Mary Mourey hold a map of the East Hartford Assembly district. Changes in voting district lines will affect about 1,000 East Hartford voters. Photo by Frances Taylor.

About 1,000 East Hartford voters will have a different polling place during election time this year, following changes being made in the town's assembly districts. “Most people will be unaffected by it,'' said Mary Mourey, Republican registrar of voters. Those who are affected, Mourey said, will be receiving cards in the mail about the change, and where their new polling place will be located in advance of the election season.

Residents who live in the Simmons Road, Applegate, Silver Lane and Park Street area will move to a different assembly district, as will those from a small square area of Burnside Avenue, said Peg Byrne, Democratic registrar of voters. Since assembly district lines often go down the middle of streets, residents on one side of Clark Street will change assembly districts, the other side will not, and two residents on Spencer Street will be affected by the change, Byrne added.

East Hartford's representatives to the state assembly include Rep. Henry Genga, Rep. Jason Rojas, Sen. Gary Lebeau and Rep. Timothy Larson. The assembly districts of Genga (D), and Rojas (D), are the most affected by the changes. Rojas, for example, will have a portion of his area moved to Genga's district, while Rojas picks up a greater portion of Manchester. Genga will pick up some streets from other assembly districts.

East Hartford's town districts, which cover municipal elections, are not affected by any changes to assembly districts. 


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