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Connecticut municipal election voter turnout average 32.7 percent

Turnout for municipal elections in Connecticut continues to be low, with 32.7 percent of registered voters going to the polls earlier this week.  In the Greater Danbury area, New Milford had a 43.9 percent voter turnout, which was unexpected as four polling locations ran out of ballots and they had to be photocopied and then hand counted. 


Sherman had little more than half of all registered voters participating.  In Oxford it was 48.3, Weston 45.8, Redding 39.9, and Bethel 38.9. 


In Kent and Newtown where the top of the ticket was unopposed, there was a less than 30-percent turnout.


Secretary of the State Denise Merrill called it "paradoxical" that local elections, which have a strong and direct effect on people's everyday lives, would bring out fewer voters than state and presidential elections.


All but four Connecticut communities held local elections on Tuesday.

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