Norwalk Dems count votes: Duff, 22,307; Ehlers 11,853 … charter revision largely a failure

Election 2016NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats have gotten their first vote tally in the race between State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) and his Republican challenger, Greg Ehlers. Based on a tally tape from Kendall Elementary School, Duff has 951 votes in District 140C, and Ehlers has 247. Dems have an unofficial tally for District 137C of Duff 2,348 and Ehlers 1,009; in District 140A they have Duff, 1,711 and Ehlers 623. In District 143A, they have Duff, 1,397 and Ehlers 877.

Their unofficial tally, at 9:20 p.m., with information from all districts is Duff, 22,307; Ehlers 11,853.

At 10 p.m., Norwalk Democrats have Charter Revision question one, making the mayoral term four years instead of two, losing with 46.1 percent of voters voting yes and 53.6 percent of voters voting no. Charter Revision question three, giving Common Council members increased pay, has 50.9 percent of voters voting no and 49 percent of voters voting yes.

Charter Revision question two, asking if offices of City Treasurer, City Sheriff, and Selectman should be eliminated, failed with 57.4 percent of voters voting no and 42.5 voting yes, according to the unofficial tally. Charter Revision question four, asking if the charter should be gender neutral, has 73.8 percent of voters voting yes, and 25.1 percent voting no.



EveT November 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Unfortunate that the charter revision questions were not better explained to the general public. Large numbers of voters left them blank. Could voters have *possibly* read up on what these charter revision ballot questions meant? Yes. But it wasn’t easy to do, and the explanations offered were not easy to understand.

David McCarthy November 9, 2016 at 1:04 am

Good points. This was a failure of education and leadership that must be addressed. Why it fell to me and NorwalkFirst to fill the gap amazes me. The process was flawed and we are lucky voters saw through it.

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