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2012 Presidential Election, CT 7th in the nation for voter turnout

November 28, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

“Despite the challenges we faced following Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut voters came to the polls with a very strong turnout on Election Day.” – CT Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. (HTNP graphic.)

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today (Nov. 28 ) officially certified the results of the 2012 General Election on Nov. 6 for President, the U.S. Senate and Congress and the Connecticut General Assembly.

According to Connecticut General Statute 9-315, the Secretary of the State (together with the State Treasurer and the State Comptroller) must “declare what persons are elected” on the last Wednesday of the month of election.

Secretary Merrill also reports that 73.77 percent of qualified voters went to the polls this year. This equates to 1,524,339 out of 2,066,260 registered voters.

This figure does not include voter turnout results from the town of Prospect, which as of today has still not reported its election returns to the Secretary of the State’s office as required by state law.

The 2012 turnout is slightly lower than the 2008 presidential election turnout of 78.14 percent in the Connecticut, but this year’s turnout places Connecticut 7th highest state in the nation.

“Despite the challenges we faced following Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut voters came to the polls with a very strong turnout on Election Day,” said Secretary Merrill.

In Connecticut, Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the front runners in the Presidential vote in Connecticut.

And Democrat Christopher Murphy was elected to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats John Larson(CT-1), Joe Courtney(CT-2), Rosa DeLauro(CT-3), Jim Himes(CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) were also elected to the 113th Congress of the United States.

In the Connecticut General Assembly, Democrats were elected to 99 seats in the State House of Representatives and 23 seats in the State Senate. Republicans were elected to 52 seats in the House of Representatives and 13 seats in the State Senate.

A full Statement of the Vote – including final vote tallies for candidates – will be published on the Secretary of the State’s website by the beginning of the General Assembly’s 2013 legislative session in January.

Local turnout

In the HTNP News readership area, here are local stats: the number of names on the official check list, number of voters checked as having voted (including valid absentee ballots, which includes overseas absentee ballots) and the percentage of voter turnout.

Ashford 2,878; 2,143; 74.46 percent

Chaplin 1,356; 1,060; 78.17 percent

Chester 2,542; 2,074; 81.59 percent

Colchester 10,070; 7,860; 78.05 percent

Columbia 3,644; 3,079; 84.50 percent

Coventry 7,815; 6,355; 81.32 percent

East Haddam (Moodus) 5,871; 4,634; 78.93 percent

East Hampton 8,503; 6,697; 78.76 percent

Haddam 6,027; 4,685; 77.73 percent

Hebron (Amston) 6,582; 5,172; 78.58 percent

Lebanon 4,777; 3,652; 76.45 percent

Mansfield (Storrs) 12,688; 9,609; 75.73 percent

Marlborough 4,320; 3,473; 80.39 percent

Willington 3,645; 2,796; 76.71 percent

Windham (Willimantic) 13,880; 7,895; 56.88 percent

Top 10 in Connecticut

The top 10 Connecticut cities and towns* – in terms of 2012 Election Day turnout as a percentage of registered voters – are:

Bridgewater – 94.75 percent

Middletown – 89.86 percent

Ridgefield – 89.42 percent

Washington – 88.35 percent

Woodbridge – 86.94 percent

Granby – 86.22 percent

Bolton – 86.20 percent

Roxbury – 85.92 percent

Wilton – 85.57 percent

Killingworth – 85.35 percent

Top 10 states

1.  Minnesota 88.62 percent

2.  Wisconsin 83.14 percent

3.  New Hampshire 78.14 percent

4.  Washington 77.13 percent

5.  Oregon 76.25 percent

6.  Maine 74.31 percent

7.  Connecticut 73.77 percent

8.  Iowa 71.67 percent

9.  Massachusetts 70.88 percent

10. Florida 70.04 percent

*estimated based on state and media reports

Posted November 28, 2012 based on a press release from the Secretary of the State

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