Many Greater Danbury area towns have reporting low voter turn out this Election Day. Brookfield had the highest voter turnout with nearly 44%. Bethel had a 37.7% turn out. The New Milford Registrar of Voters reported a 23.7% voter turn out. About 25.5% of Newtown cast ballots for the election. Having served since 1999, Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham decided to retire when her term ends. That prompted a 38.5% voter turnout. Ridgefield had a 24% voter turn out despite the top of the ticket not being up for election this year.
As of 7pm in Danbury about 29% of registered voters had cast ballots.
There is same day voter registration this year. Only a handful of people in each town took advantage of the new program. In Bethel for example, 17 people registered to vote on Tuesday and then cast ballots.
The Secretary of the State's office also launched a pilot program this election where results were transmitted from polling locations to Town Hall via a computer. That caused several delays in Bethel leading to frustration among candidates and interested attendees.
With redistricting done earlier this year, some Danbury voters went to new polling places. 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 was slated to move, but there was a heated debate with few days left before the election.
There was a three-way race for First Selectman in Bethel. Two former Brookfield Board of Finance members hoped to step up to the town's top spot. An open race in New Fairfield left the First Selectman post open. Two people were vying to become First Selectman in Redding. Danbury's Mayor was challenged this November.