Norwalk third in Connecticut for absentee voting

A ballot is cast, Tuesday outside the Norwalk Public Library.

The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3. Many Norwalkers are voting by absentee ballot.

NORWALK, Conn. – Nearly 14,000 Norwalk residents requested absentee ballots.

According to Gabe Rosenberg, Communications Director for Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Norwalk received 13,999 applications for absentee ballots. Stamford received 20,017. West Hartford received 15,848.

Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in requests for absentee ballots. Rosenberg’s spreadsheet shows:

  • 7,140 absentee ballots processed for registered Norwalk Democrats
  • 4,729 absentee ballots processed for registered Norwalk unaffiliated voters
  • 1,840 absentee ballots processed for registered Norwalk Republicans
  • 290 absentee ballots processed for Norwalkers registered in other parties

Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells in July 2019 provided this breakdown of the Norwalk electorate:

  • 20,562 registered Democrats
  • 9,762 registered Republicans
  • 22,452 unaffiliated voters
  • 1,053 independent voters


There were 506,517 absentee ballots requested statewide. A sampling:

  • Stamford, 20,017
  • West Hartford, 15,848
  • Norwalk, 13,999
  • Greenwich, 11,916
  • Fairfield, 11,738
  • Danbury, 9,464
  • Milford, 9,394
  • Hamden, 9,203
  • Manchester, 8,520
  • Bristol, 8,319
  • Bridgeport, 8,017
  • Westport, 7,790
  • Darien, 4,606
  • Wilton, 4,215
  • New Canaan, 3,817

ABs Processed by Town and by Party as of 10-5 sorted by town

ABs Processed by Town and by Party as of 10-5 sorted least to most

One comment

Stuart Wells October 7, 2020 at 6:37 am

As of Tuesday afternoon about 10% of the absentee ballots sent out on Friday have been voted and returned to Norwalk’s town clerk via the drop boxes. Many more are expected today as the ones that were mailed back begin to arrive.
More applications arrive and are processed every day by the town clerk’s office, and additional applications are being sent out to newly registering voters by the registrar of voters’ office.
There are always a lot of new voter registrations in Presidential election years. People move all the time and turnover is more frequent with apartment dwellers. This tends to be the year when the ones who moved out register to vote in their new towns and the ones who move in register in Norwalk.
We will provide updated numbers every few days.
Stuart Wells, Registrar of Voters

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