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Easton Voter Turnout Slow Going

EASTON, Conn. – The Easton election seems to be a low priority for residents, as poll numbers showed that under 700 voters had visited the polls by Tuesday afternoon.

Voter turnout is generally low during municipal elections, so it is not surprising that fewer Easton residents came to the polls Tuesday. As of 1 p.m., only 691 out of the 5,093 registered voters cast their ballots.

Republican Registrar of Voters Krista Kot said Tuesday that a few residents trickled in just after 6 a.m., when the polls opened, but there have been just under 100 people voting very hour. “It’s slow,” she said.

One reason for the low numbers could be the few contested races on the ballot. Incumbent First Selectman Thomas Herrmann, a Republican, is running against two write-in candidates: Richard Seclow, a Republican, and Robert Webbe, who is unaffiliated.

Although the numbers are low, Easton voters are giving current First Selectman Thomas Herrmann mixed reviews at the polls Tuesday.

“There are a number of people who are unhappy with the current administration and I think a lot of people think maybe it’s time for a change,” said Laura Salma.

Salma said she came to the polls because it is her civic duty. “We can’t really complain about the issues or who our town officials are unless we get out there and vote,” she said.

Darlene Jacobs disagrees with Salma, saying, “As a town this small it is very important to vote but I am very happy with Thomas Herrmann.”

Although many Easton residents have yet to vote, many at Samuel Staples Elementary School said they felt it was their duty to come out Tuesday. “I come every time and I think this is a freedom,” said Olga Vitale.

Registered voters can vote at Samuel Staples Elementary School until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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