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Voter turnout slow for Connecticut's municipal elections, despite high-profile mayoral races


HARTFORD, Connecticut — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says turnout is slow for Connecticut's municipal elections.

Merrill said Tuesday she expects only 30 percent of voters will come to the polls, despite high-profile mayoral races in Bridgeport and Hartford.

Elections are being held in all but four Connecticut cities and towns. Andover, Bethany, Union and Woodbridge held elections in May.

Merrill said she sent a staff member to Bridgeport on Tuesday morning to monitor election activities and determined everything was fine. She had been asked to send poll monitors to the state's largest city, where former mayor and felon Joe Ganim is seeking a comeback.

Republican state party chairman JR Romano sent an email to supporters midday Tuesday, warning about the low turnout. He said the GOP "can't let the Democrats sneak into office."

Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

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