There’s something in the water in Connecticut’s last dry town.
For the second consecutive election, Bridgewater had the highest voter turnout of any municipality in Connecticut at 77.39 percent, according to the Secretary of the State. Hartford finished dead last with a turnout of 5.21 percent. The statewide turnout was 31.43 percent.
Barely pushing 1,800 residents, the southern Litchfield County hamlet best known for its annual country fair and is the home of Mia Farrow, elected a new first selectman for the first time in a generation.
Curtis Read will succeed fellow Democrat Bill Stuart as the town’s chief elected official after winning a three-way race for a job held by Stuart for the past 31 years.
In 2012, Bridgewater was awarded the Democracy Cup by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill after a whopping 94.75 percent of registered voters cast ballots during the presidential election.
“Municipal elections usually have lower turnout figures than state or Presidential elections, even though the impact of the decisions made by those elected to local government is huge in the community,” Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official, said Wednesday. “Many races were decided by just a handful of votes, and we had a number of recounts as a result, which shows once again how important it is to do your civic duty and cast a ballot. I also want to praise our local election officials for accommodating all of the new voters in Connecticut who used their new right to register and vote on Election Day. From everything we are hearing Election Day registration went very smoothly in 2013, and we look forward to even more voters being welcomed into the democratic process next year.”