Turnout Light In Some Conn. Communities For Primary Election

The polls for Connecticut’s primary election remain open until 8 this evening. State officials are anticipating voter turnout of 20 to 30 percent. And at some polling places today,  there was no waiting to cast a ballot.

It was a quiet morning outside of Windsor Town Hall, one of six polling places in town. Elections officials say not only is this primary proving to be a tough draw among voters, but they also struggled to find enough people to work at polling places. They say the mid-August date has a lot to do with that.

One voter who did show up to cast a ballot is Mary Jane Nelson. She says she makes it a habit to vote no matter when an election is held.

“I’m proud that I have that ability to vote,” Nelson says. “I vote in every election. I rarely have missed a chance to vote in 50 years.”

Nelson pulled a Republican ballot but wouldn’t say who she voted for.

Turnout was also light at other polling places in Windsor,with sometimes several minutes between people entering. The story was the same at Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, though an election worker there said she expected the pace to pick up around dinner time.