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Connecticut Sets Voter Record, But How Was Turnout In Bridgeport?

Sen. Richard Blumenthal casts his ballot at Glenville School in Greenwich last month. He was re-elected to his second term in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal casts his ballot at Glenville School in Greenwich last month. He was re-elected to his second term in the U.S. Senate. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern, File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The most voters ever cast ballots this November in Connecticut. But how was the voter turnout in your town in the hotly contested 2016 presidential race between Republican Donald Trump, who won the national race, and Hillary Clinton, who posted a victory in Connecticut?

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill this week officially certified the results of the Nov. 8 general election.

The final figures reveal that 1,675,955 people cast ballots out of an all-time high 2,178,169 registered voters, amounting to a turnout of just under 77 percent.

“The total of 1,675,955 voters is unprecedented. That shows that election modernization is working," Merrill said in a statement.

"Hundreds of thousands of people registered to vote online and tens of thousands more took advantage of Election Day Registration and the streamlined motor-voter system, which enables citizens to register while applying for a driver’s license Local officials did an amazing job adapting to these changes and helping people cast a ballot.”

Here is the voter turnout for every town in Fairfield County, as a percentage of registered voters:

  • Bethel: 80.27%
  • Bridgeport: 56.44% (lowest percentage in county)
  • Brookfield: 84.23%
  • Danbury: 75.30%
  • Darien: 82.78%
  • Easton: 80.73%
  • Fairfield: 79.40%
  • Greenwich: 85.22%
  • Monroe: 86.84% (highest percentage in county)
  • New Canaan: 80.07%
  • New Fairfield: 74.51%
  • Newtown: 85.53%
  • Norwalk: 78.03%
  • Redding: 76.37%
  • Ridgefield: 80.08%
  • Shelton: 81.84%
  • Sherman: 77.12%
  • Stamford: 78.94%
  • Stratford: 73.07%
  • Trumbull: 78.40%
  • Weston: 84.22%
  • Westport: 85.60%
  • Wilton: 83.80%
  • Fairfield County overall: 77.01%
  • Statewide: 76.94%

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine won the presidential vote in Connecticut; Democrat Richard Blumenthal was re-elected to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. Democrats John Larson (1st District), Joe Courtney (2nd District), Rosa DeLauro (3rd District), Jim Himes (4th District) and Elizabeth Esty (5th District) were also elected to the 115th Congress of the United States.

In the Connecticut General Assembly, Democratic candidates were elected to 79 seats in the state House of Representatives and 18 seats in the state Senate. Republican candidates were elected to 72 seats in the House of Representatives and 18 seats in the state Senate.

State law requires that the Secretary of the State, along with the State Treasurer and the State Comptroller, must “declare what persons are elected” on the last Wednesday of the month of the election.

Overall turnout by year in Connecticut (according to the Statement of the Vote):

  • 2016: 1,675,955 (76.94 percent)
  • 2012: 1,560,640 (73.89 percent)
  • 2008: 1,644,845 (78.14 percent)
  • 2004: 1,607,808 (78.65 percent)
  • 2000: 1,474,103 (77.54 percent)
  • 1996: 1,410,746 (74.99 percent)
  • 1992: 1,645,609 (83.9 percent)
  • 1988: 1,461,962 (81.4 percent)
  • 1984: 1,490,946 (82.4 percent)
  • 1980: 1,423,403 (82.8 percent)

Top 10 municipalities in Connecticut for Voter Turnout in 2016, as a percentage of registered voters:

  • 1. Somers – 94.55
  • 2. Harwinton – 90.75
  • 3. Pomfret – 90.65
  • 4. Lyme – 90.38
  • 5. Cornwall – 90.13
  • 6. Franklin – 88.87
  • 7. Sprague – 88.77
  • 8. Bethlehem – 88.13
  • 9. Andover – 87.99
  • 10. Bolton – 87.73

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