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SOTS release election turnout figures

Friday, November 18, 2011
Time: 4:25 PM

Today, the Secretary of State's office released the turnout figures for last week's election and as expected, the numbers for Danbury are a joke.
Danbury
Total registered voters: 32618
Number of votes casted: 11450
Turnout percentage: 35.10%

Press release from the SOTS office:
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today released voter turnout numbers from the 2011 Municipal Elections which showed that overall, the statewide voter turnout among registered voters in Connecticut was 30.62%. The town with the highest voter turnout for the municipal offices was Hampton, where 63.75% of registered voters cast ballots. The town with the lowest voter turnout was Sterling, where only 6.01% of registered voters cast ballots. A complete listing of turnout among towns that held elections on November 8, 2011 is available online at www.sots.ct.gov and also follows on the bottom of this news release. Two towns that held municipal elections on November 8th have yet to report turnout figures to the office of the Secretary of the State. In addition, five towns held municipal elections in May.

“The devastating October snow storm presented some serious challenges to election administrators all over the state of Connecticut, and I think that shows up in the somewhat lower turnout figures compared to past municipal elections,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official. “Despite the difficulties posed by a lack of electricity and mobility, and the displacement of many residents into shelters, I am proud of the way local elections official came together to make sure registered voters in Connecticut could cast ballots as scheduled on November 8th. Residents of our cities and towns got to see firsthand how the people elected to municipal government can have great impact on their communities – especially in a time of crisis. There were some communities where contested races clearly increased the voter turnout. I hope in the future we can help all of Connecticut’s citizens understand the importance of choosing the right leaders in their communities so we can see more people going to vote.”


You can view a complete listing of the turnout results over at the SOTS website.

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