The voting process for electing a Tenant Commissioner to the Trumbull Housing
Authority Board of Commissioners is underway. The THA operates Stern Village, a
State subsidized low-income elderly and handicapped housing complex.
Election Day will be on Wednesday, March 20. Voting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the evening. There are those who work or have commitments during the day, necessitating having polls open in the evening.
The election process is being supervised by the League of Women Voters.
The League has broad experience in supervising tenant elections in all types of
public housing, including those administered by HUD.
State law enabling resident elections in public housing became effective
in October, 2010. Many housing units in the state have had elections, but this is
the first for Trumbull's Stern Village. Prior to this election, the THA had a Tenant Commissioner by appointment.
Mrs. Thelma Burr, who served with distinction for many years, resigned for personal reasons this past December. The election is to fill her unexpired term which runs to the end of December of this year.
The results of the election will be announced Wednesday evening, March 20. In
case of a tie vote, a run off election will be held on Wednesday March 27.
There are four possible candidates known to be interested at this time.
A grand celebration is planned for when the results of the voting are announced
at 8 p.m., with music and deserts.
Tenants can vote by Absentee Ballot from March 14 until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 19. Ballots may be obtained from the office except Saturday and Sunday.
There are no restrictions on absentee voting in this election. Mrs. Jean
Rabinow, LWV, refers to it as "no-fault voting." Therefore, residents fearful of
bad weather on the 20th, are encouraged to vote absentee on a good weather day, up until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.
Many residents, at Stern Village, have physical limitations, as well as age, resulting in caution about venturing out on uncertain weather days.