"Brisk" is the buzzword surrounding Election Day in Darien.

As of 5 p.m., more than 40 percent of the local electorate had cast their votes Tuesday, according to the Registrars of Voters.

Outside Town Hall, politicians came together to greet and thank voters for their time and their votes.

Selectman Susan Marks, who is not up for election, and Board of Education candidates Republicans Mike Harman and Duke Dineen and Democrat Mike Burke each took turns thanking voters in between their conversation about the problems surrounding the Hartford polling places. A mishap at two polling locations in Hartford resulted in the extension of the polling times to 8:30 p.m.

Harman noted that it was "quiet" in terms of voter turn out earlier in the morning but that there has been a steady stream of voters as the day continued.

The voter turnout for this year is consistenly lower than the election in 2010, according to the Registrars of Voters. As of 5 p.m., there were 4,988 votes cast, or 40.7 percent, this year, compared to the 46.7 percent that had voted by 5 p.m. in 2010. The total turn out in 2010 was 66 percent, according to the Registrars of Voters.

The registrars office was busy all through out the day as the staff handled more than 60 Election Day Registrations. Last year, which was the first year for the day -of registration, there were only 17 registrations.

The registrars don't expect final results until close to 9 p.m.

Eva Maldonado, the Republican cadidate challenging Sen. Carlo Leone (D-27), said that she was looking forward to "turning Connecticut around and going in the right direction."

Marks also took a turn thanking people for voting before launching into a conversation with the Board of Education candidates about posisble keeping the schools open on Election Day in the future. However, the adoption of a calen

At the 35 Leroy Ave. meeting room where Districts 1 and 6 polling stations are set up, the voting booths were steadily in use around 10 a.m. and a line was forming at the head of the room.

Children patiently stood guard as their parents hunched over their ballots while deciding who should represent them at the town, regional and state levels.

The race for governor has been rated close to a dead heat between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley. Two days before Election Day, Joe Visconti, who was running on the Independent ticket, suspended his campaign and threw his support to Foley.

It was less crowded at the Town Hall gymnasium poll, where Board of Education Democratic candidate Michael Burke arrived to vote.

The only contested town race is the Board of Education, with four candidates are looking to fill three seats.

According to Jim Cameron, a moderator for District 2 at the gym, at 6 a.m. there were 10 voters waiting in like for the polls to open.

Last year, only 29.9 percent of Darien voters cast ballots in the municipal election.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

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