Secretary of the State Denise Merrill predicted that 55 percent of the state’s voters would turn out on Nov. 4. Final numbers released Wednesday by Merrill’s office show voter turnout was 55.57 percent.
The town that saw the highest voter turnout was Cornwall, where 74.77 percent of registered voters cast ballots, while the city of Hartford saw the lowest turnout percentage with 32.18 percent of registered voters casting ballots, according to the report.
“Once again we saw strong voter turnout in our small towns, while the cities continue to lag behind,” Merrill said.
Turnout in New Haven was 38.30 percent and turnout in Bridgeport was 37.47 percent. Turnout in more rural places, like Litchfield and Goshen, was more than 70 percent and turnout in suburbs like Branford was more than 60 percent. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy credited his re-election over his Republican opponent Tom Foley not specifically to the cities, but rather to the turnout in the ring suburbs.
Turnout was 57.45 percent in 2010 when Malloy squeaked out a victory over Foley by 6,404 votes. This time he beat Foley by more than 28,000 votes.
In addition, 13,995 new voters were able to cast their ballots using Election Day Registration. That’s about 1.3 percent of the total votes cast on Nov. 4. It’s the first time Election Day Registration was used in a statewide election. Merrill declared the program “a total success.”