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Greenwich Candidates Surprised by Low Turnout

GREENWICH, Conn. – Just 22 percent, or 7,578 of 33,893 registered Greenwich voters, had cast their ballots as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the registrar of voters reported.

Democratic and Republican candidates expressed concern over the low-turnout rate outside polling locations in Greenwich.

Democratic first selectman candidate John Blankley was standing outside Glenville School, the District 10 polling location, to cast his ballot. “I’m surprised at voter turnout, because I was quoted yesterday saying I was expecting a higher than normal turnout.

"‘A,’ It’s a beautiful day and ‘B’ I thought the controversy on the school board would bring people out. I’ve been confounded on that one so far.”

“I’m feeling good, but I would have expected a higher turnout by now,” said Drew Marzullo, Blankley’s running mate and incumbent selectman. “With the board of ed being so controversial and the weather being so beautiful you would expect more people to be out.”

First Selectman Incumbent Peter Tesei was across town, outside the District 1 polling location at Julian Curtiss School.

“It all depends on the cycle when people go out,” Tesei said. He was spending the day visiting each polling location with his fellow incumbent Republicans, Selectman David Theis, Tax Collector Tod Laudonia, and Town Clerk Carmella Budkins.

“We’d certainly love for it to be higher because so much of what happens locally has a direct impact on citizens,” Tesei said, adding voters he spoke to have seemed upbeat and positive at the polls.

Here is the breakdown of polling districts in Greenwich:

•District 1 (South Center): 592 of 2,634 registered voters or about 22 percent

•District 2 (Harbor): 464 of 2,128 registered voters or about 22 percent

•District 3 (Chickahominy): 229 of 1,389 registered voters or about 16 percent

•District 4 (Byram): 479 of 2,415 registered voters or about 20 percent

•District 5 (Riverside): 816 of 2,767 registered voters or about 29 percent

•District 6 (Old Greenwich): 808 of 2,873 registered voters or about 28 percent

•District 7 (North Center): 572 of 2,942 registered voters or about 19 percent

•District 8 (Cos Cob): 672 of 3,859 registered voters or about 19 percent

•District 9 (Pemberwick-Glenville): 632 of 2,945 registered voters or about 21 percent

•District 10 (Northwest): 562 of 3,143 registered voters or about 18 percent

•District 11 (Northeast): 686 of 3,597 registered voters or about 25 percent

•District 12 (Havemeyer): 796 of 3,201 registered voters or about 22 percent

In the 2009 municipal election, a total of 37.2 percent, or 13,395 of 36,982, registered voters cast ballots.

Check back with the Daily Greenwich throughout the evening for Greenwich Election Day 2011 coverage.

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