FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Reports coming in from polling places across the state indicate strong voter interest in Tuesday's presidential primary in Connecticut, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in a statement.
As of midday Tuesday, the statewide average for turnout was 15.8 percent, already exceeding the end-of-day average for the 2012 presidential primary, in which there was no Democratic primary.
These numbers are very preliminary, Merrill said, and more than 50 towns, including some of Connecticut’s largest cities, have not reported turnout figures.
“It is too early to tell but we are hearing anecdotal reports of high activity. However, not in every part of the state. We should know more later in the day when we have more towns reporting,” Merrill said.
Only voters who are registered to a major political party may cast ballots, and the percentage of turnout reflects voter registration of those enrolled in political parties.
Here is a sample of voter turnout in Fairfield County towns that had reported numbers by 1:30 p.m., Merrill said:
- Bethel: 404 total, or 6.3% turnout
- Bridgeport: No live report
- Brookfield: 1,101 total, 18.41% turnout
- Danbury: 1,429 Republicans, and 7,256 Democrats, for a total turnout of 17.37%
- Darien: No live report
- Easton: No live report
- Fairfield: No live report
- Greenwich: 2,837 voters for 13.50% turnout
- Monroe: 439 Republicans, 296 Democrats for a total turnout of 12.23%
- Newtown: 2,032 voters for a 19.89% turnout
- New Canaan: No live report
- New Fairfield: No live report
- Norwalk: No live report
- Ridgefield: 1,487 voters for a 13.48% turnout
- Redding: No live report
- Shelton: No live report
- Sherman: 324 voters for a 21.44% turnout
- Stamford: No live report
- Stratford: 1,834 voters for a 10.69% total turnout
- Trumbull: 1,443 voters for an 11.01% total turnout
- Weston: No live report
- Westport: No live report
- Wilton: 1,179 voters for a 15.69% total turnout
Registered Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut can cast their ballots anytime before 8 p.m.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Rocky de la Fuente face off for the Democratic nomination. Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Donald Trump and Ben Carson will vie for the Republican nomination.
Can't decide who to vote for? "Uncommitted" is also offered as a choice by both the Democratic Party and Republican Party.
Check back with the Daily Voice for more election numbers after the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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