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Norwalk voters go to the polls

A voter leaves Columbus Magnet School late Tuesday. Participation at Columbus is way up from 2014.

The election is today.

Updated, 6:35 p.m.: New information. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers are going to the polls Tuesday at a much greater rate than 2014, the last mid-term election.

A 4 p.m., 22,408 ballots had been cast at the polls, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said. That compares to 14,181 ballots cast at 4 p.m. on the 2014 Election Day, in figures provided by Mary Pugh, campaign manager for State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25). There were 27,224 ballots cast at 4 p.m. on Election Day 2016, a Presidential race.

That’s ballots cast at the polls and does not include total voters, as Election Day Registration voters and absentee ballots are not part of the statistics, Wells explained.

At noon Tuesday, 15,287 Norwalkers had voted, according to Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells. That figure was 17,783 in 2016. Wells characterized the turnout as “half way between 2014 and 2016.”Pugh said in an email that 9,092 ballots had been used as of noon in 2014 but 15,287 have been used today.

“We do not know if the possibility of later rain drove people in early… or the upward count continues (or rain stops).  Too soon to tell,” Pugh wrote in an email.

Connecticut voters are choosing a new Governor this year after eight years of Gov. Dannel Malloy. Locally, Duff is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Marc D’Amelio and the Judge of Probate office up for grabs.

District 140 voters are choosing a successor to State Rep. Bruce Morris. There are three choices: Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B), the Democratic candidate, Republican candidate John Flynn and Human Relations Commissioner Colin Hosten, a Democrat running on the Working Families Party line.

Turnout at Columbus Magnet School, the polling place for District 140B has skyrocketed from 2014.  At 4 p.m. Tuesday 1,593 ballots had been castand in 2014 there were 916 ballots cast, according to Pugh’s chart. In 2016 the number was 2,306.

State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137), standing in the rain Tuesday afternoon at Marvin Elementary School, said he had noticed a new trend: people are taking photos of themselves with their “I voted” stickers. He speculated that there must be a social media movement for “I voted,” and NancyOnNorwalk has found two Facebook pages with the theme.

Unfortunately, Marvin has run out of stickers, Debora Goldstein said, later explaining that poll workers were giving them to children.

“We sent thousands and more are on the way,” Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons said in an email. “Everyone loves them that is why Norwalk chose to give them out.”

 

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Updated, 4:07 p.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers are going to the polls Tuesday, at a lower rate than 2016.

Mary Pugh, campaign manager for State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), said more ballots are being used than in 2014.

At noon Tuesday, 15,287 Norwalkers had voted, according to Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells. That figure was 17,783 in 2016. Wells characterized the turnout as “half way between 2014 and 2016.”

Pugh said in an email that 9,092 ballots had been used as of noon in 2014 but 15,287 have been used today.

“We do not know if the possibility of later rain drove people in early… or the upward count continues (or rain stops).  Too soon to tell,” Pugh wrote in an email.

Connecticut voters are choosing a new Governor this year after eight years of Gov. Dannel Malloy. Locally, Duff is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Marc D’Amelio and the Judge of Probate office up for grabs.

District 140 voters are choosing a successor to State Rep. Bruce Morris. There are three choices: Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B), the Democratic candidate, Republican candidate John Flynn and Human Relations Commissioner Colin Hosten, a Democrat running on the Working Families Party line.

Turnout at Columbus Magnet School, the polling place for District 140B is up from 2014 but down from 2016.  On Tuesday 1,105 ballots had been cast but in 2016 the number was 1,569 and in 2014 there were 592 ballots cast, according to Pugh’s chart.

The turnout is “not changing demonstrably, but the number of ballots utilized is higher vs 2014,” Pugh said, explaining that there are more registered voters now and the percentage for noon Tuesday is 28.87 percent and the percentage at noon in 2014 was 27.89 percent.

One comment

Claire Schoen November 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Regardless of tonight’s outcome, we are all Norwalkers who love this city.
Please join the Nancy on Norwalk team on Thursday at Fat Cat Pizza to celebrate Norwalk. Let’s meet in person, get to know each other and have some face-to-face conversation!
6:30 to 8:30
Fat Cat Pizza
9-11 Wall Street

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