Midday Primary Update: GOP Turnout Outpacing Dems

A higher percentage of Republicans are participating in today's primary as of 1 p.m.

Despite persistent drizzling rain throughout Tuesday morning, Brookfield primary voters trickled in to (BHS) and (HHES) to nominate candidates for the U.S. Senate, the 5th Congressional District and the Connecticut 107th District.

As of 1 p.m. 797 votes had been cast at both polling places, with 565 Republican ballots being used and 218 Democratic. Out of Brookfield’s 10,093 registered voters, 3,581 are with the Republican Party and 2,124 are Democrats, putting voter turnout at 15.8 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively. (The town also has 4,264 residents registered as Unaffiliated and 124 associated with minor parties.)

At District I, HHES, 271 ballots had been recorded by the machine as of 1 p.m., with 191 ballots picked up by Republican party members and 66 by Democrats. (Fourteen ballots were issued but not used.)

At BHS, District II, 562 ballots had been accepted, 152 from registered Democrats and 374 from registered Republicans.

Voting has been slow but steady at both polling locations, according to the poll moderators, but the complexity of running dual primaries has caused some issues.

Those wishing to vote in either of Tuesday’s primaries would have had to register with one of the two major parties by Monday, August 13, BHS moderator Paula Hopewell explained, and only registered party members are allowed to vote in primaries in Connecticut.

Hopewell also cautioned voters to choose only one candidate per race on the ballot. By the afternoon, there had already been a number of “over votes,” wherein voters had marked more than one choice on the ballot, which the machine will not accept as valid.

At HHES, construction of a new roof is adding to the difficulties, both by clogging up the roadways through the parking lot and restricting access to the building for people under the age of 18. Persons under 18 cannot enter the building while construction is going on per state law, moderator Adrienne Spera said, which, unfortunately, includes 17-year-old citizens that will be eligible to vote in November and therefore have a voice in the primary.

In order to accommodate those voters and parents with young children that cannot be left, the HHES location is offering curbside voting by request.

The polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight. Check back with Brookfield Patch for up-to-the-minute updates as the results come in.

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Adele Friedman August 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Am I the only one who finds it oddly unprivate that we have to declare which party we are registered with so publicly, just walking in to vote? Not to mention the odd little paper ticket, carried ten or so feet from the check-in table to the ballot-giver?
Aaron Boyd (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
That's an interesting point, Adele. Maybe we can collectively figure out a better way here.
Howard Lasser August 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am not sure, but I can guess that the registrars are cross checking the # of tickets to the # of ballots to make sure all votes are counted by the machine.
sock puppet August 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
It is early in the day, Democrats working to support family? GOP living off welfare and social security?
Adele Friedman August 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
That would make some sense, Mr. Lasser. It's kind of pointless when polls are slow, and the ticket-giver is sitting right there, watching one declare which party they are about to vote for. But when busy, maybe not pointless.
william klein August 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
democrats with weak choices? republicans looking for real change?
sock puppet August 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I agree Will. I too dream of a return to the real change of Robber Barons and oppression of the masses. I like voting against my own interests as well. GOP for the win!
Dr. Robin Appleby August 14, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Interesting situation at the BHS polling place this morning. We were sitting at the table, more than 75 feet from the entrance, with Romney posters taped to the table, giving out Romney bumper stickers and drinks. An elderly woman came out of the polls in a huff and kept telling us she was "offended" ! We asked politely what was" offending her" so much and she said the Romney table. We explained that we were following the law and more than 75 feet from the entrance. She said she didnt care, it was offending her and pointed to the far end of the basketball court and said we should be there....then she drove away. A few minutes later, one of the very sweet (Democrat) polls workers came out, laughing, and said that the 'lady' had made a big fuss inside the polling place about the table with the Romney posters on it. For the last 30 years, sanctimonious Democrats have been telling us how much they value "Civil Discourse"......which is hilarious because this behavior is what we are used to. For 30 years the Democrats have told us how much they love "Diversity".......but this is the reality that they try to shut down anything, any action, any speech that isn't extreme liberal/leftwing/socialist. Hopefully, some day, the offended lady will learn to value and embrace freedom of speech and be able to tolerate people who think differently than her.
ROBERT "BOB" APPLEBY August 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
At least your polling location allowed families to vote. Huckleberry is undergoing Emergency Construction due to years of neglect and therefore anyone under 18 isn't allowed in the gym. Apparently there are no other town owned buildings suitable for a paper ballot? If the Dog park question had been postponed until today, the town would have saved $7,000 (Yes Dems ONLY $7,000). I'm Robert Appleby and I approve this message.
Adele Friedman August 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I found the placement of the Romney table within the letter of the law, but disregarding its spirit. I also do not believe that the actions of one person are indicative of an entire group trying to shut down diversity of opinion.
Rob Gianazza August 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Bob, it's not emergency construction. In fact, the roof replacement has been discussed and financed at various public meetings. It is unfortunate that anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in the building, however I believe that accommodations have been made for those with young children. An alternative site is most likely not an option as there are specific regulations that the office of registrars must adhere to. I could not agree more however about postponing the Dog Park vote as it would have saved tax payers money.
Rob Gianazza August 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thank you Howard. Nancy Vodra was explaining the process at District 2 earlier today. I find the tenor questioner to be quite bitter. I'm sure that all of the people involved in staffing the polls today were both courteous and informative.
Rob Gianazza August 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Party affiliation is a matter of public record. In fact, the frequency in which you vote is also public record. What is private is whom you choose to cast your vote for.
Adele Friedman August 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Rob, I understand that, but it's different when someone has to seek out someone's party affiliation, versus announcing it in the polling place by having separate check-in tables.
Andrew Turkenkopf August 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Who cares. Romney won't win CT anyway. Why bother
Rob Gianazza August 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Oh, I'm not ashamed of my party affiliation.
Adele Friedman August 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Nor am I. My comment is made on the basis of the long-held principle that the voting booth is private. If one has to reveal one's party affiliation in order to be issued a ballot, a large measure of privacy is lost.
Howard Lasser August 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Robin, statements like this that paint groups with a broad brush that is what is wrong with the political discourse in our country. First of all, do you know she was a Democrat? Second, you dont mention our interaction where i wished you good luck this morning and I am a Democrat. Finally, one person, one incident does not necessarily speak for all.
Steven DeVaux August 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Bob, The reason more Republicans voted than democrats is simple. Republicans care more about which candidate runs. The democrats don't have a candidate for the 107th district. Simply put, no one would run and similar to the Selectman's race in 2007.
Andrew Turkenkopf August 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
First, why do place blame on the dog park going to referendum on Democrats? Just going by broad stereotypes and that it was opponents to the park that forced it, I would presume the "blame" lies with right leaning folk. And glob forbid the town have to follow its charter and hold the referendum within a short allotted period of time. I actually would have liked a longer period, in order to better inform and correct misinformation spread by NIMBYs. But that is just my opinion. As for making a blanket statement about which party cares more about who runs for election, that is just based on nothing. It is more likely based on simple demographic realities.
Dr. Robin Appleby August 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Howard, I enjoyed talking with you this morning. I told I a friend how much I enjoy being on the same side of an issue with you. He said, "Oh my God, Lasser and Appleby together.....they would be unstoppable !" Yes, you were very gracious this morning. We must have coffee together one of these days. Best wishes, Robin


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