Laconia votes for city, school & police officials today

LACONIA — Today is Election Day, when voters will choose the mayor and six city councilors who will serve from 2014 to 2016.

The polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

The polling station in Ward 1 is at the Belknap County Nursing Home, in Ward 2 at the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart, in Ward 3 at Laconia Middle School, in Ward 4 at the Memorial Park House, in Ward 5 and Woodland Heights Elementary School and in Ward 6 at Leavitt Park House.

Voters will be asked to show photographic identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, non-driver ID or voter ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, United States armed services ID card, United States passport, and student ID card from a college, high school licensed to operate in the state or recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Education. In addition, the moderator, supervisor of the check list or city clerk may accept any other photo ID or vouch for the identity of the voter. Names on ID cards must substantially conform to the names on the checklist.

There are two candidates for mayor, Kailief Mitchell and Ed Engler. Three of the sitting city councilors are running for re-election without opponents — Ava Doyle in Ward 1, Henry Lipman in Ward 3 and Brenda Baer in Ward 4. The remaining three City Council seats are contested. In Ward 2, the candidates are David Bownes and Richard Beaudoin. In Ward 5, the candidates are Bob Hamel and Tom Tardif. IN Ward 6 the candidates are Tony Felch and Armand Bolduc. Sample ballots for each of the six wards are available on the city website. Under departments, click on City Clerk, then click "Elections."

Voters may also register to vote on election day upon proof of identity, citizenship and residency.