UPDATE: Election day

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10:19 a.m.

Green party candidate David Bedell came to vote, biking through the cold to get to Saxe Middle School.

“It’s a beautiful day. I’d like to see some solar panels on the roof of the school. I’m hoping for a good showing for myself and for my fellow candidates of the Green party,” he said.

David Bedell, Green party candidate for the 125th, goes to vote at Saxe.

Many families were out voting this morning, including the Harvey clan.

Evelyn, Julia, Jana, and George Harvey outside of Saxe Middle School.

Democratic candidate for the 147th State Rep district, Kate Tepper, sporting a Russian-style fur hat with a pink “Kate” sticker affixed to the front of it, was in high spirits this morning.

“I’m always in good spirits, there’s no other way to be. I’ve lived through wars and revolutions and bombs,” she said excitedly.

Democratic candidate for the 147th Kate Tepper at Saxe Middle School Tuesday morning.

Democratic candidate for the 125th State Rep seat, Mark Robbins, talked to voters and shook hands this morning outside of New Canaan High School.

“I’m feeling really good, very excited about this since we’re at a time when we’ve got problems and the solutions are really achievable,” he said.

Robbins said that he was very excited for today and had been up since 5:45 a.m. if he could even be said to have been sleeping before that.

Mark Robbins with supporters Tammy Allen, Nancy and Mark Joyce, and Allen's children Myles, 8 and Bennett, 5.5

8:56 a.m.

It’s a cold but sunny morning on election day. 27 degrees by my car’s thermometer. Republican candidate for the 125th, Tom O’Dea said it was even colder at 4:30 a.m., when he left his house to start setting up for the day.

“We haven’t seen this big of a turnout from 6-8 a.m. in a long time,” O’Dea said, standing at his campaign’s table outside of Saxe Middle School this morning.

“We ran a good, positive campaign. We’ll see the results tonight,” he said.

O’Dea was surrounded by friends and his son Tommy at his table. At about 8 a.m. his wife joined them, and the family went to vote. O’Dea wore a tie with small constitutions all of which said, “We the People” at the top. He seemed to be energized.

“Yes, I’m very excited,” he said.

Republican Tom O'Dea gives the the thumbs up as he goes in to vote.

Voter turnout appeared to be humming along well between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. according to Democratic Registrar of Voters George Cody, who was set up at Saxe Middle School.

“We had 244 the first hour, I believe,” he said. “It’s very difficult to predict turnout when there are so many people without power or out of town still, but everything’s gone smoothly. (Emergency Operations Center Director Mike) Handler’s been good at getting the word out. Everyone’s done a yeoman’s job and we’re up and running.”

According to official numbers, 1,718 New Canaanites had voted by 8 o’clock, or about 13% of the New Canaan electorate.

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