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At 6 p.m., 64.7 percent of Darien voters go to the polls

Updated 6:43 pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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  • Darien District 5 residents wait in line to cast their vote at Darien High School. Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Megan Davis
    Darien District 5 residents wait in line to cast their vote at Darien High School. Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Megan Davis

 

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At 6 p.m. today, 8,474 or 64.7 percent of Darien's registered residents voted -- down from the 67 percent at the same time in the 2008 election.

Jeane Ham , assistant registrar at District 6, said voting at Town Hall has been "flowing nicely."

"I believe there were a lot of absentee voters, but I'm very happy about the good weather. There might be a wave of business later on, but who knows," Ham said.

In District 5 balloting at Darien High School, there were 937 votes at around 11:30 a.m., which is almost half of the registered voters, according to Janet Offutt, moderator of that district.

"We had lines down the hallway basically since 6 a.m.," Offutt said. "We've only been open six hours and that's almost half the eligible voters, so that's crazy."

Jessica Scott, a District 5 resident, had just finished work in Greenwich when she headed for the polling place. "I figured, let me go now rather than later," Scott said. "I'm excited to vote."

Rob Werner, Democratic candidate for the 141st General Assembly District seat held by Republican Terrie Wood, had been up since 6 a.m. and "had about four cups of coffee" at around 11 a.m. when he stood outside Town Hall introducing himself to voters.

"I feel great," Werner said of the election. "This is the fun stuff."

Board of Education candidates Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross and Sarah Schneider-Zuro, both Republicans, were also outside Town Hall and they, too, had been up since 6 a.m.

When asked how they were doing, Ross responded, "We're doing," with a small laugh.

As for the results of today's voting, which will be revealed after the polls close at 8 p.m., Ross said, "It is what it is and we'll see tonight."

Schneider-Zuro said they have received a lot of positive feedback.

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