Details finalized for ‘complicated’ voting situation resulting from state election, with Lyme-Old Lyme school building referendum being held on same day

Former Lyme coach Timothy Griswold (file photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — Placement of the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) School Building Referendum on Tuesday, November 8 the same day as the regional elections has, in the words of Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold (texted), been, “…very messy with, I believe, five lawyers working on the details.” These details were due to be filed with the State of Connecticut today.

Griswold went on to explain, “Voters will vote on ballot candidates and the school referendum question (yes/no vote) in the same room,” but “Qualified voters who are not voters will not can vote only on the referendum question in a separate chamber.

Lyme Selectman John Kiker also confirmed via text: “…regular voting will take place in [Lyme] town hall and the referendum vote will take place in [Lyme Public] library.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser noted via email that Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will be sending a fact sheet to all Lyme and Old Lyme residents and owners next week, which, along with additional information about the referendum, will help clarify the difference between ‘voters’ and ‘qualified voters’.

The fact sheet explains that a “voter” is any registered voter in Lyme or Old Lyme.

He goes on to state that “A qualified voter who is not a voter is any citizen of the United States 18 years of age or older who, jointly or severally, is liable to the City of Lyme or the Town of Old Lyme for taxes charged to or not less than $1,000 on the City’s last completed major list, or who would be so liable if not entitled to an exemption under subsection (17), (19), (22) , (25) or (26) of Section 12-81 of the Connecticut General Statutes, and is not a voter (registered voter) of the towns of Lyme or Old Lyme. »

This difference between the two is important because qualified voters, who cannot vote in state elections in Lyme or Old Lyme because they are registered to vote elsewhere, cannot, under state law , vote physically within a specified distance from registered voters.

Therefore, in Old Lyme:

  • The voters, that is to say the registered voters, will vote in both state election and on the referendum on the construction of schools LOL college gymnasium.
  • Persons qualified to vote (who are not electors) will vote uniquely on the referendum on the construction of LOL schools in the cafeteria of the LOL college.

during this time at Lyme:

  • The voters, that is to say the registered voters, will vote in both state election and on the referendum on the construction of LOL schools in Lyme City hall.
  • Persons qualified to vote (who are not electors) will vote uniquely on the LOL Schools Building Referendum at the Lyme Public Library.

Regarding the unusual need for two polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme, Griswold pointed out, “Registrars must operate and equip the two separate polling stations in each town,” noting, “The school will be responsible for referendum school costs.”

The voting question for the LOL School Building Referendum will read as shown below and then ask for a simple “Yes” or “No” answer.

The resolution allocating and authorizing bonds in the amount of $57,555,000, of which an estimated $9,775,000 is expected to be reimbursed by the State of Connecticut, for the planning, design, demolition, the construction, renovation, equipment and furnishing of Mile Creek School, Center School, Lyme Consolidated School and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and related costs, be approved?

Two public meetings will be held ahead of the $57.6 million LOL School Building Referendum, respectively Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Lyme Schooland Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at Mile Creek School.

Polling stations will be open in both cities on Tuesday, November 8, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the referendum, the fact sheet will urge voters to vto visit www.region18.org and look for the “Referendum” tab at the top of the homepage, email [email protected] or call 860-434-7238.

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