Midday turnout for Tuesday’s Municipal Elections was strong, putting the town on track to meet or break recent turnout records.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 643 ballots had been cast at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School (District I) and 1,104 at Brookfield High School (District II), for a total of 1,747 votes out of 9,734 registered voters.
“It’s been steady all day and we’re not quite halfway through,” Huckleberry poll moderator Irene Berger said shortly after noon. “We’re expecting a big push around 5 or 6,” after people get off of work.
Democratic First Selectman candidate Howard Lasser, standing with other Democratic candidates under a tent outside the Huckleberry polls, wagered the election is on track to hit 46 percent participation or more.
That turnout would equal the 2009 Municipal Elections and clear the 40 percent turnout in 2011. Brookfield had a recent high of 47 percent turnout in 2003.
(Turnout dropped to 33 percent and 22 percent in 2007 and 2005, respectively.)