Turnout numbers were low Tuesday morning through the first six hours of voting for the , with only 171 of the town’s 3,577 registered Republicans casting their ballots as of 12 p.m., representing a 4.8 percent turnout.
A few more Republicans had voted in District II, Brookfield High School (BHS), than in District I, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School (HHES), 100-71, however there are nearly twice as many voters registered with the party on the east side of town (2,353-1,224), leaving turnout in District I slightly higher (DI: 5.8 percent; DII: 4.2 percent).
The Town Clerk’s office also received 13 of 16 absentee ballots taken out for the primary.
Voters had been trickling in steadily at HHES all morning, according to poll moderator Irene Berger, though there were never more than one or two residents submitting their ballots at a time.
The lack of crowding was true at BHS, as well, though the early morning hours were slower, with more people coming in between 10 a.m. and noon, according to BHS moderator Adrienne Spera.
If the current rate continues through to 8 p.m., when the polls close, total turnout would fall just shy of 400 voters.