Election Day is today and so far many Greater Danbury area towns are reporting low turn out. As of 1pm in Danbury about 15% of registered voters had cast ballots. At that hour Brookfield was reporting about 18% turnout at the polls. In Redding, the Registrar says about 13% of voters had cast their ballots by noon.
There is same day voter registration this year. In Bethel only three people had gone to Town Hall as of 1pm to sign up to vote and to cast a ballot.
With redistricting done earlier this year, some Danbury voters will be going to new polling places. The Registrar of Voters sent out post cards reminding registered voters where they can cast their ballots. In addition to redistricting, the Ward 3 voting was moved to Stadley Rough School from Broadview Middle School. The polling place in Danbury's 6th Ward will not change, though there was a proposal to move that location as well. More information on those polling locations can be found here.
In Ridgefield, the First Selectman position is a term of four years, so there is no line on the ballot in that town. The selectman, treasurer and town clerk positions are also four year terms. New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy and Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra are both running unopposed.
There's a three-way race for First Selectman in Bethel. Two former Brookfield Board of Finance members are is looking to step up to the town's top spot. Click here for a look at the open race in New Fairfield. Two people are vying to become First Selectman in Redding. Danbury's Mayor is being challenged in November.
There was an issue with some minor party candidates not appearing on the ballot because of a little known change in state law two years ago. It requires those candidates to sign paperwork submitted to Town Clerks accepting the endorsement. Bethel and Ridgefield were among the towns where candidates were left off the ballot. One town brought the issue to court.
In Bethel and New Fairfield there was also an issue of election signs going missing. While politicians say it happens often, in New Fairfield some of the signs were also vandalized. In Bethel, one candidate was spotted removing an opponent's sign.
One candidate in the municipal election is also mulling a race for Governor next year. That is bringing in some statewide attention to his every move, and tweet. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton ruffled the feathers of the state Democratic Party, two of whom dressed as chickens in protest in front of City Hall. Boughton is one of three Republicans who have formed exploratory committees for a gubernatorial run. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, is the only declared candidate in either party for the 2014 race.
To see sample ballots from across the region, click here.