The election has come and gone; the signs will come down; and the winners -- all qualified as far as I can tell -- will prepare to help run our town.

Just under 50 percent of registered voters turned out. Is that good? Better than a lot of places, but not as strong as one would like. I know of one voter too sick on that day to get out, but I can't believe that was the case with the whole 53 percent who didn't vote.

One mystery: For the first time this year, Connecticut allowed voters to register on Election Day. In Westport, 35 people registered on Tuesday -- but only 34 filed ballots.

So what happened to No. 35 between registration and the voting booth?

I'm sure there is a fine, mundane answer, but the mystery is intriguing.

Robert Mitchell