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Election day LIVE BLOG

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Time: 11:26 AM

Let us know how the voting turnout is in your area...make note of the counter when you cast your ballot. If your using Twitter, use the #ctvote2010 hashtag and your tweet will appear here.

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7:30 PM: Here's my video stream feed from Danbury DTC headquarters (recorded).

UPDATE 5:00: Danbury Registrar of Voters Mary Ann Doran is MISLEADING the public regarding the Dem voter turnout.

1987 photo of Democratic Town Committee member (and Boughton's current receptionist) Joan Soderstorm (left) and Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman (and current GOP Registrar of Voters) Mary Ann Doran (right). Both individuals played a central role in one of the most controversial episode in the history of City Hall...known to most people at the time as the midnight city hall midnight massacre.

Here's what she told the News-Times:
The heaviest voting, according to Doran, is in traditionally Republican strongholds in the city, while some Democratic wards are seeing voter turnout as of 3 p.m. as low as 12 percent.

Here's why Doran's outrageous comment is misleading.

Here are the voting turnout totals as of 3 PM (Democratic strongholds are in italic):
WARD 1, 109 DIST: 59 out of 235 votes (25.1 percent)
WARD 1, 110 DIST: 109 out of 376 votes (29.0 percent)
WARD 1, 138 DIST: 1421 out of 4426 votes (32.1 percent)
TOTAL WARD 1: 1589 out of 5037 votes (31.5 percent)

WARD 2, 109 DIST: 908 out of 2536 votes (35.8 percent)
WARD 2, 138 DIST: 808 out of 2464 votes (32.8 percent)
TOTAL WARD 2: 1716 out of 5000 votes (34.8 percent)

WARD 3, 109 DIST: 1952 out of 5624 votes (34.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 3: 1952 out of 5624 votes (34.7 percent)

WARD 4, 109 DIST: 636 out of 2086 votes (30.5 percent)
WARD 4, 110 DIST: 594 out of 2321 votes (25.6 percent)
TOTAL WARD 4: 1230 out of 4407 votes (27.9 percent)

WARD 5, 02 DIST: 470 out of 1344 votes (30.5 percent)
WARD 5, 109 DIST: 29 out of 236 votes (12.3 percent)
WARD 5, 110 DIST: 571 out of 2062 votes (27.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 5: 1071 out of 3642 votes (29.4 percent)

WARD 6, 02 DIST: 1006 out of 2933 votes (34.3 percent)
WARD 6, 110 DIST: 333 out of 1249 votes (26.7 percent)
TOTAL WARD 6: 1340 out of 4182 votes (32.0 percent)

WARD 7, 02 DIST: 175 out of 534 votes (32.8 percent)
WARD 7, 110 DIST: 86 out of 312 votes (27.6 percent)
WARD 7, 138 DIST: 1349 out of 4112 votes (32.8 percent)
TOTAL WARD 7: 1610 out of 4182 votes (32.5 percent)

TOTAL VOTES: 10507 out of 32,850 votes (32.0 percent)

As you can see, the ward that lean Democratic are just about on par with the GOP wards. Furthermore, the ward Doran picked out as evidence of a low Dem turnout (5th ward 109th district) is the section of Danbury where Western Connecticut State University dorms are located. This particular ward has traditionally been incredibly low because college kids in dorms rarely vote (which is why the total number of voters in that section of the 5th is at 236). What Doran doesn't mention about the 5th ward is that the turnout in the 2nd District section of the 5th is 35 percent...which as of the 3PM is the second highest percentage of voter turnout in the entire city.

In short, Doran is pulling a dirty and misleading trick on the people of Danbury...but for those who knows Doran's controversial political history in the area, her latest antics is nothing new.

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