[Updated] Voter Turnout For Primaries in South Windsor Slow, But Steady

Matthew Clyburn, the Republican moderator at South Windsor High School, said turnout was still a little better than expected.

[Update 4:10 p.m.] The turnout has been rather low thus far for Primary Day in South Windsor. As of 4 p.m., 16 percent of registered Republicans (545 out of 3,406) and just 11.4 percent of registered Democrats (640 out of 5,625) had cast ballots.

Visit Patch later for the results as they are announced.

[Original story] Voter turnout for the Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate primaries was slow, but steady this morning at the South Windsor High School, one of the five polling locations in town.

“It’s been a little better than expected,” said Republican moderator Matthew Clyburn.

The Senate seat up for grabs is currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring.

Democrats have a choice between , the party’s endorsed candidate and current congressman from the Fifth District, and Susan Bysiewicz, former Secretary of the State and Middletown resident.

Republicans are choosing between Greenwich’s Linda E. McMahon, the party’s endorsed candidate and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and , a former congressman from the 4th Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.

At South Windsor High this morning, Democrat Jared Babbitt, who was wearing a feather in his baseball hat, said that he voted for Murphy because “[t]he way Susan has been coming on TV, I didn’t like how she was doing it.”

Babbitt, a South Windsor resident since 1958, was exercising his right to vote 60 years to the day that he was stationed off the east coast of South Korea on the U.S.S. Jenkins, a navy destroyer.

On the Republican side, Donald Brooks said that he voted Linda McMahon “because someone who takes a business and turns it into what she did belongs in office.”

The following are polling locations in South Windsor:

District 1: Pleasant Valley School, 591 Ellington Road
District 2: Eli Terry School, 569 Griffin Road
District 3: South Windsor High School*, 161 Nevers Road
District 4: Philip R Smith School, 949 Avery St.
District 5: Timothy Edwards Middle School, 100 Arnold Way

For more information concerning where to vote, visit the town's registrar of voters page here.

* The normal polling location at South Windsor High School - the auxiliary gym - is being resurfaced, according to Registrar of Voters Sue Burnham. For the primaries, people in District 3 will vote in the lobby of the high school. Burnham said that signage will direct voters where to go.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Check back with Patch for the results later this evening.


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