DANBURY – It could be because of the hot weather, Republican assistant registrar of voters Scott Demuth said, offering an explanation for the “fairly light” turnout at the Danbury War Memorial, the polling place for the city’s fifth ward.
By 6p.m., only 376 of the 1,842 registered Democrats and Republicans had voted. Even during the after-work hours, a typically busy time for the polls, only a few people came in to cast their votes.
Eileen Coladarci, a Democrat vote moderator, explained to a resident that she could not vote since she was unaffiliated.
“Quite a few unaffiliated people have tried to vote, more than usual,” Coladarci said. “They all want to vote for Mark, for their mayor.”
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is the Republican party’s endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor.
“Some folks are even upset because they’re not in right party to vote for him,” Republican moderator John Whitcomb said.
Almost all of the voters in the fifth ward were of the “walker and cane” demographic, Democrat assistant moderator Eleanor Elias said.
However, there was one young woman who was beaming because she was voting for the first time, Whitcomb said.