BERLIN – The Registrars of Voters are reporting a lower than expected voter turnout.
As of 2 p.m., 18.7 percent of the towns voters had gone to the polls, said Democratic Registrar Fred Jortner. “We figured we’d have about 35 to 40 percent but we will be lucky if we have that,” Jortner said. No figures have been gathered since 2 p.m., the office confirmed at around 5 p.m.
The town is having a municipal election but no referendums on the ballot. The election is the first time that residents are voting directly for mayor. Up until a recent charter revision, the mayor’s seat went to the top vote getter in the Town Council election. Several seats are running uncontested including the four Board of Education seats and six members of the newly regenerated Board of Finance, which was also added during the charter revision.