Slow going over at Western Middle School, where voters have been showing up at a “slow trickle” all day, moderators said.
As of 4:33 p.m., District 3 had seen the fewest people turn out of any district in town, with 85, or just above 9 percent of its 896 registered GOPers and Dems, voting. Town wide, participation was 16 percent, slightly higher than the state wide turnout.
“We had four people come at one time, and we thought the bus came,” joked District 3 Democratic moderator Edward Fox.
Those lonely few at the polling site had different theories as to why things were so slow:
Republican moderator Angela Little said it’s the heat — temperatures have been pushing 90 degrees — that’s been keeping would-be voters indoors.
Fox attributed the low turnout to recent changes of venue: In previous years, residents had gone to Hamilton Avenue School to vote, but the polling site was switched to Western during Ham. Ave.’s reconstruction, he said. Now that the rebuilt elementary school has re-opened, he surmised that perhaps people are going back to the old site when they should still be coming to Western.
Fox added: ”Being a working class community, I think a lot of people maybe prefer to go later” in the day. That, and it’s a primary: “There isn’t that much of a turnout anyway,” he said.
Mark Perlman, an intern handing out fliers for Congressman Jim Himes, was optimistic things would pick up later tonight.
“It’s more than we were getting in the morning,” he said around 5 p.m. “I think a lot of people just don’t like to get up early.”