[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.

JHS November 09, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Perhaps the Rep Town Committee will get the message.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Renza Rules.....If you don't agree with Carol, you are dumb, stupid, brainless, full of shame...Carol is always right....I'm glad someone else sees how vicious and shallow this woman is...ridicule people for not voting, if they vote based on free choice and personal values, knock them down more simply because they have not voted for the candidate of YOUR choice..the Renza way or the highway..this woman is not going to change ...she is dangerous in any capacity...
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Well Carol..now that your candidate is in, we will never lose power again...we will never overpay for street lights...It is truly a Wizard of Oz moment in the history of Southbury
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 02:09 AM
QPQ: What you are saying is that 1,908 people need psychiatric counseling? Come on now....
TomR November 09, 2011 at 02:23 AM
To Greg, 15 years of Republican rule? The Democrats have had control of the purse strings the whole time with the Connecticut Assembly. I would agree that there is poison on both sides of the aisle. The problem is that everything in this country in the last 70 years has been the result of socialist policy. Tell me what is not inherently socialist about this state government or our ferderal government. Almost every single policy is top down designated power and redistributive in nature. Now i am sure you would think the crisis was caused by capitalism and Wall Street. Well Wall Street did have a roll in exagerating the problem but the fact is that starting with the community reinvestment act and through the creation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the federal government encouraged home ownership. Thats a noble cause but is not a practical solution as it led to a severe degredation of lending standards that led to the current economic collapse we are experiencing. We became the most powerful country in the world prior to us having an income tax. All this governement spending is bankrupting the country (both sides of the Aisle there). Government cannot create jobs, it can only create conditions for business to thrive and prosper. Teenage unemployment is through the roof, blame the minimum wage. Rather than allowing kids to work for a low wage to learn skills that will lead them to higher wages in the future, employers now choose not to hire that person and eliminate the position.
FREE AT LAST! November 09, 2011 at 02:36 AM
JHS, you and I finally agree on something
FREE AT LAST! November 09, 2011 at 02:38 AM
H. Willy Davis, Dwyer the Liar, Friends and family at town hall, certain local contractors, the entire Republican Town Committee... YOU'VE BEEN VOTED OFF THE ISLAND! Buuuh Bye!
carol renza November 09, 2011 at 02:43 AM
It's over, MaryAnne and SBY Mom - say good night. Finis.
JHS November 09, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Carol- you are poor winner.
FREE AT LAST! November 09, 2011 at 02:53 AM
The town of Southbury is the winner tonight!
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Carol - Clearly, there is no room at the table of Concerned Taxpayers of Southbury for anyone but Carol and friends...BTW, how did you allow Jon to lose the election? In all of your infinite wisdom MADAM, how did this happen? You didn't get out thevote?
Tom Oakes November 09, 2011 at 11:57 AM
The biggest problem with democracy in the United States today is party politics. Party should never be the overriding motivation behind one's vote. Promises and performance are what should count.
Tom Oakes November 09, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Tom, Before you say more, you ought to read about what socialism actually is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism Taking care of one's society by building roads and bridges, educating it's youth, helping the indigent, the old and the unemployed, these are all functions of a just democratic society. None of it adds up to socialism. I work in the defense industry and can tell you that without a doubt, government CAN create jobs. Government spending should be managed properly, but is is not the enemy of a functioning society. We have experienced a significant economic set-back which was driven by the collapse of the real estate market and continues to reverberate through our economy as a result of the high unemployment. With so many unemployed, our government has not been able to bring in the revenue that it normally could. There is a solution. That is to institute temporary cuts in spending and increases in taxes on those who can most afford it - the people who make more than $250,000. If our Congress could find a way to do this, we could begin to pull ourselves out of this economic crisis.
L November 09, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Let's hope for the sake of the citizens of Southbury that Edelson does what he has promised without raising our taxes, but I have a hunch he'll follow in the shoes of both the President and our Governor. Broken promises and an empty wallet are sure to follow.
carol renza November 09, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Mary Ann, you are displaying your envy on the attack after your candidate lost by a significant number. You and JHS had an incompetent candidate who you could not defend by one single 'accomplishment' so you chose 'attack' ... For your information, Jon is as pleased as I am that the Board is under democratic control - irrespective of a personal win for him - we were victorious - bottom line; Davis and the friends and family system have been tossed out. FYI, It is extremely difficult for any independent trying to run a campaign and Jon did well his first time out. As for yourself, you Madam hide behind your alleged 'maiden name' in effect a pseudonym - just like many of the posters on these pages, while pointing fingers so no one knows who you are. Go home and lick your wounds.
Sue Torrey November 09, 2011 at 02:31 PM
L, I couldn't insert the whole text (too long) so here is the link to Ed's position paper from Oct. 24 called "Low Stable Taxes for Years to Come": http://www.select-ed.org/issues/ Please do not fall into the trap of assuming Democrats = higher taxes. Mr. Davis actually raised taxes on us, then tried to spin it so it looked like he didn't. Among other egregious abuses of our hard-earned taxpayer money. I encourage you to involve yourself as much as your time permits in our new, energized local government. GO to the meetings, ASK the hard questions, take ownership of any issues near and dear to your heart! All the best...
Sue Torrey November 09, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Amen, bruthah!
Line Backer November 09, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I am so disgusted with Carol Renza's comments. If she is any indication of how the "Democrats" are in this town, then we are all in trouble. I'm embarrassed to have her as a neighbor. Hopefully one of her comrades will talk some sense into her and convince her to keep her mouth shut. Carol, how about working together and doing what's right for the town, regardless of party lines. I surely hope your attitude does not shine through our new First Selectman - becasue that would certainly be a shame. Please go back and read your blogs - you should be ashamed of yourself.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Carol: Jon ran as an independent candidate, not a Democrat...he lost because of his affiliation with you - crude, rude, loud, and obnoxious. Carol, .no one should have to leave their home because they disagree with Carol Renza...unless I am underestimating you..
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 09, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Sue: The paper is just that ..talk..talk that costs money. My involvement in town volunteering for committees is ending on Jan 1. Good luck with the new energy!
carol renza November 09, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Line Backer and Mary Ann - what you should be disgusted over is the embarrassment Bill Davis has brought our Town. What is shameful is that people like you have aligned yourself with Davis' "Scandal plagued administration" - as editorialized today in the Republican American and attack me and others on this pages who fought (and won) to get him tossed out... It is the 2 of you who have no shame - both on the attack while neither of you have the courage to reveal yourselves, instead hiding behind your fictitious names.
Sue Torrey November 09, 2011 at 03:27 PM
MaryAnn: With all due respect, I wasn't talking to you. Where you see "talk talk talk" I see "plan plan plan," which is already more than the past administration ever did for us. And no, "plan" is not synonymous with "costs money." Good luck in the new year; I sincerely hope your civic disengagement is a result of relocation to warmer climes, rather than resignation and party-line resentment.
carol renza November 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Mary Ann, you are blinded by your own rage: no where did I suggest Jon ran as a Dem. What I said was: "FYI, It is extremely difficult for any independent trying to run a campaign and Jon did well his first time out. " I have the courage to sign my name and people know me - you toss stones and HIDE anonymously. Get over yourself.
TomR November 09, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Tom, With all due respect, I am well aware of what socialism is and the facts are this, there are no, zero, zilcho cases in the world where socialism or communism or centralized planning have worked over the long term. A matter of a fact if you are paying attention you are seeing the complete collapse of the great Keynesian experiment in Europe as we speak. Just look at Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Even the Chinese realize that the social safety net has been so corrupted that it encourages laziness and "Sloth" (http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/11/2011114434664695.html). We are also on this track. We had the best system ever until we started to incorporate these socialist changes. That said I realize it is in the best interest for the society as a whole to have a social safety net to keep the masses from social unrest. Defense spending is a necessary government spend as the primary task for the Federal government is protecting the citizens and the US strategic interests. Your class warfare rhetoric is too simplistic, read Andrew Mellons book ( Taxation: The People's Business) on taxes to see the result of higher taxes.
Rob November 09, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Appreciate Renza's whistle-blowing, however, her tactics leave EVERYTHING to be desired - her bullying of anyone in opposition has no place in a public forum. She'd have been a wonderful addition to Crusades - the executioner, axe in hand, ready to cut down anyone that didn't subscribe to her system of beliefs. Tone it down "lady" (and I use that expression generously); perhaps there'd be more dialog from others than the same old tired bunch that vie for that soapbox in this forum on a daily basis. Pitbulls DO scare people away. And before you go disparaging me on a false assumption that this writer is a "sore loser" and only votes the Republican party line, WRONGO - I did vote for Edelson (and am taking a big risk by having done so), but the victory shouldn't be considered all too sweet given the more than usual low voter turnout and no viable Republican candidate.
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.
Gary 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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