Going into last week’s primary election, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said she was hoping for a turnout of 30 percent. After the vote tallies, she said it appeared lower, and now, with the numbers finalized, we know just how much lower.
Fewer than 20 percent of registered Democrats cast ballots… at 19 point-2 percent. Merrill says two years ago, more than 24 per cent of Democrats voted in their party’s primary.
On the Republican side, figures from the registrars of voters show that turnout was 27 point 7 percent of registered voters … down from more than 29 per cent two years ago.
She says since the primaries moved to August, a slightly higher percentage of voters has turned out.
The Fifth Congressional District — where both parties had congressional primaries as well as the statewide senate primaries on both sides — had the highest voter turnout, with 32.3% of Republicans and 23.5% of Democrats casting ballots. The town with the highest voter turnout percentage in the primary was Goshen, where 59.4% of registered Republicans voted. The town of Plainfield had the lowest voter turnout, with just 11.3% of its registered Democrats.