[UPDATE 5 p.m.] Voter Turnout Remains Low in Southbury

Under 30 percent of Southbury voters have made it to the polls, but lines are picking up.

UPDATE (5 p.m.): 3,705 Southbury voters have made it to the polls as of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Marie Greene, the Southbury Democratic Registrar. That figure represents 28 percent of the registered voters in Southbury.

Voter turnout remains lower than average, Greene estimated approximately 4,000 votes are usually cast by this point in the day, but things may be speeding up.

“It seems to be picking up,” said Greene. “I just left one district, and there were people waiting in line to vote. That hasn’t happen there all day.”

In addition to votes from the polls, approximately 243 absentee ballots have been returned as of Tuesday morning, according to Town Clerk Virginia Salisbury.

Southbury Patch will have live results as they are announced this evening.


2,548 voters have cast their ballot as of 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to JoAnn H. Bolin, the Southbury Republican Registrar. That figure represents 19 percent of the registered voters in Southbury.

“The turnout at this point, compared to other years, is poor,” said Bolin. “It was surprisingly low in the morning hours.”

Bolin said there are typically two spikes in voting periods. One occurs in the morning hours between 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. when many Heritage Villagers make their way to the polls. A second spike occurs when schools gets out until just before dinnertime, according to Bolin.

There are 13,267 registered voters in the town of Southbury. There are 4,329 registered Republicans and 2,949 registered Democrats.

MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Sue- It's a simple resignation. Contrary to the wishes of Edelson supporters on this board, I am not going away, leaving town, crawling under the covers or anything of the sort. I will leave the volunteering, policy-making, in your good hands.
Rob November 09, 2011 at 04:21 PM
@QPQ: Talk about getting the "facts straight", YOUR candidate was the one that FIRST proposed the $20K Sidewalk to Nowhere - evidently YOU'RE the one with short term memory loss.
geewizz November 09, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Sorry to change the subject, but I think I heard Liphardt is still on paid leave and the town attorney is still investigating this matter. What does it take to get fired and how long are we going to keep paying this guy?
MyGoodPeople November 09, 2011 at 08:02 PM
I enjoy reading the patch. Although I do find it draining to read the constant pointless bickering and bantering by a certain number of people. I will not name them as we all know who they are. Let's make a pact to only say positive and constructive things. It feels better both to think and say them as well as read them. I would hope everyone can agree. Don't get me wrong it is OK to disagree, but not when it turns into these personal and senseless attacks. Let's start off by smiling and greeting the next person you see. When you discover how good that feels, perhaps you will try it again. Before you know it we all get along nicely. 1) you woke up this morning and 2) you live in the USA. What better country is there?
Marxist November 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM


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