Voters in 18 Connecticut cities and towns will be heading to the polls today to vote in nine special elections to fill three state Senate seats and six House of Representative seats.


Most of the seats were vacated when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked lawmakers to accept positions in his administration.

Click here to read more about each of the vacated seats. Click here for Jason the Greek’s early predictions on the races. And here to read more about the candidates, who are listed in the second half of the story.

Deputy Secretary of the State James Spallone will be touring the polling places today as he monitors the special election. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is home with the flu. But her office is working with the State Elections Enforcement Commission to respond to any problems at the polls by phone and email. Voters should call 1-866-733-2463 or email elections at to report any problems at the polls.

Polls will be open until 8 p.m. and as soon as they close the Secretary of State’s office will begin to get results.

The burning question for the special elections is: Will it be a referendum on Malloy’s budget?