Turnout Starts High On Election Day In Greenwich

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Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron
Greenwich High School students Helen Hansel and Isabel Carter show their support for state senate candidate Dan Dauplaise on Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. – Voter turnout in Greenwich was already “steady” on Tuesday morning for Election Day at Greenwich High School. A large turnout was expected throughout the day, District 7 Moderator Nick Edwards said.

“We had about 100 people in line at 6 a.m., when we opened,” Edwards said. “We expect it to be steady throughout the day. We usually expect a crush around two o’clock after lunch and then after work.”

He was relieved the damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy did not end up affecting the polling locations, Edwards said.

“We were following that very carefully along with the Board of Education and the First Selectman,” Edwards said. “This was all off up until a couple days ago with the big tree that fell out front [on Hillside Road]. There were three or four polling places that had no power, but they got it up. So we’re very fortunate in not having to be creative in making another polling district."

Chris Higbie, of Greenwich, said he expected the presidential election to be tight but he was hoping for a Romney victory.

“I think it’s important to exercise your freedom of speech and your freedom to vote,” he said. “I think it’s important to select a leader, especially in a tight race. And I think Romney will hopefully pull it out.”

Outside the polls, Helen Hansel and Isabel Carter were showing their support for state senate candidate Dan Dauplaise, despite not being old enough to vote. The two girls volunteered to stand outside Greenwich High for an AP History assignment.

“It’s important to get involved, especially young people,” Carter said. “It’s their civic duty to come and vote. And since we can’t vote, we feel it’s important to come out on Election Day to show that we’re involved.”

Check back with The Greenwich Daily Voice later tonight for local election results.

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