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Wilton Registrars Call it a Strange Election

WILTON, Conn. – The 2011 elections in Wilton are a bit unusual, say the town registrars.

Voters are presented with a ballot this year that is generally uncontested, and Carole Young-Kleinfeld said that having no contested races or write-in candidates leaves the registrar’s office wondering how many voters will turn out.

“On the other hand, we have an alcoholic beverage question on the ballot, which has tended to increase turn out in the past,” Young-Kleinfeld said.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday 1,122 Wilton residents had voted, which is around 10 percent of the total number of registered voters.

Tina Gardner, also a Registrar, said that the state requires that the office take in to account “several factors – type of election, historical turnout, questions on the ballot and number of contested races.”

Gardner said that they optimistically ordered enough ballots for a 50 percent turnout.

“This is the dilemma that registrars all over the state face when we have to decide on how to staff the polling places and how many ballots to order for each voting district,” Young-Kleinfeld said.

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