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Simsbury Voter Participation, Eligible Voters Dip in 2012

The 2012 election saw an increased number of eligible Simsbury voters while overall participation lagged slightly.

The total number of eligible Simsbury voters dipped slightly for the 2012 election and voter participation was also lower than it was in 2008, according to town polling data.

The total number of eligible voters on Nov. 6 2012 was 16,532 down from 16,601 eligible voters in 2008, according to the town clerk's office.

On Nov. 6 Simsbury voters cast a total of 13,842 votes for presidential candidates or 83.7 percent of registered voters, down from the 13,892 that voted for president in 2008.

Simsbury voter participation in 2012:

Presidential

Race Total Votes Total Eligible Voters % of Eligible 2008 Total Votes Presidential 13,842 16,532 83.7 13,892 U.S. Senate 13,412 16,532 81.1 N/A U.S. Congress—District 5 13,103 16,532 79.3 12,626 State Senate—District 8 12,983 16,532 78.5 State Representative—District 16 13,087 16,532 79.2 13,084 Town Charter 8,044 16,532 48.7 N/A

Democratic Registrar of Voters Karen Cortes said there are several reasons the number of votes is down this election year including part-time residents or voters who have moved without updating their information.

"The voter list is a very fluid thing," Cortes said.

Overall Cortes was pleased with this year's election citing issues in nearby towns where voter were forced to wait in long lines and in some cases leave and come back at another time.

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"I think it went very well in Simsbury," Cortes said. "We staffed the polls adequately."

"Overall we had a strong interest and a good turnout," Cortes said.

For complete 2012 Simsbury Election results click here.

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