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.