Despite hot contests, Westport voter turnout cools
Final election numbers released by the Westport Town Clerk's Office show that approximately 65 percent of the town's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election.
That turnout is lower than in the two previous state and federal election years -- 86 percent of the town's registered voters cast ballots in 2008, a presidential year when turnout is traditionally highest, and 73 percent in 2006.
"I was hoping we'd get to 70 percent, but I'd still say we did pretty well," Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said of the turnout. She added that electoral participation in Westport tends to peak for presidential elections, but that hard-fought contests like the race between Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate this year often boost turnout in mid-term elections.