Danbury Election Day 2012: Results

From polling places to results and reactions for all local and state races, we've got you covered on Election Day.

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Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Yes, you know election day is over. Here are the results.

About 22 percent of Danbury voters cast their ballots by 10 a.m. as compared to 28 percent four years ago.

By 11 a.m., the next count by the Danbury Registrar of Voters office, 28 percent of voters had cast their ballots, as compared to 34 percent at 11 a.m. four years ago.

"It's a little down," said Republican Registrar of Voters Mary Ann Doran.

Danbury Democratic Town Committee Chairman Joe DaSilva said a higher turnout favors Democrats. He said he wasn't worried about a low morning turnout because voting seems to be very steady. It favors Democrats because the Democrats have about 11,000 registered voters and the Republicans have about 7,000 voters. He said in the '08 election, the afternoon voting dropped off a cliff. It couldn't keep up the above average turnout for the whole day.

At 3 p.m. the count was 45 percent of the city's eligible voters had cast their ballots. That remains 6 percent behind the turnout in '08.

Republican Town Committee Chairman Sal Chieffalo said the party isn't calling people to come out and vote until people start coming home from work at 3 or 4 p.m.

"Our voters tend to vote in the early morning and in the evening," Chieffalo said. "There is no reason to call them during the day."

Chieffalo said the party did call in the early morning.

The Democrats were calling all day from four locations. They called from the Main Street Party Headquarters, Jason Bartlett's headquarters on North Street, from the Wooster Hose Company on Coal Pit Hill Road and from the Mill Plain Fire Department.

"We had 30 people calling at one time," said Bernie Gallo, a former Town Committee Chairman working at the Main Street headquarters.

The Wooster Hose operation had four people calling and two people driving, and both party facilities said they were doing a brisk business.

Today, Danbury residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District, state representatives for the 109th, 110th, 138th and 2nd districts, and a state Senator in the 24th District.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Danbury voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fifth Congressional District

Andrew Roraback, (R) and Elizabeth Esty, (D) are after the seat previously held by Chris Murphy. (Click on "Fifth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

109th District

Andrew R. Wetmore, a Republican, and David Arconti Jr., a Democrat, are running against each other to take the seat vacated by Joseph Taborsak's retirement.

110th District

The challenger, Republican Scott DeMuth, is hoping to unseat long-time incumbent Robert Godfrey, a Democrat.

138th District

Jan Giegler, a Republican, is running unopposed and will win her seat when the first vote is cast.

2nd District

This race has incumbent Dan Carter, a Republican, facing off against Democrat Steven B. DeMoura.

Still Not Sure Who You're Voting For?

Check out our Election Guide to see coverage of candidate debates, updates from the campaign trail, opeds, letters and more.

Four Danbury Referendum Questions

1) Shall the $44,000,000 appropriaton and bond authorization for the planning, design, acquisition and construction of additions, renovations and space utilization improvements in various city schools, including Shelter Rock Elementary, Stadley Rough Elementary, Park Avenue Elementary and Mill Ridge Intermediate School be approved?

2) Shall the $1,925,000 appropriation for the bridge replacement and repairs and the appropriation of $550,000 for renovation improvements and upgrades to the library annex and the bond authorization of $2,475,000 to meet said appropriations be approved?

3) Shall the $550,000 appropriation and bond authorization for water system repairs, improvements and upgrades be approved?

4) Shall the $7,975,000 appropriation and bond authorization for improvements and upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and facilities system and upgrades to the sewer collection system be approved?

Live Blog and Election Results

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Danbury Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

  • Ward 1: Danbury High School Gym
  • Ward 2: Pembroke School Gym
  • Ward 3: Broadview Middle School Cafeteria
  • Ward 4: Shelter Rock School Gym
  • Ward 5: War Memorial Gym
  • Ward 6: Park Avenue School Gym
  • Ward 7: Mill Ridge Intermediate School Gym

How Danbury Voted in 2008 (78.11% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In)


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 16,028 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 10,732 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez — 219 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 12,700 votes
  • David J. Cappiello (R) — 11,266 votes
  • Thomas L. Winn (I) — 195 votes
  • Harold H. Burbank II (G) — 147 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 1,419 votes
  • Walter Gengarelly (WI) — 2 votes


  • Melanie O'Brien (R) — 4,603 votes
  • Jason Bartlett (D) — 5,966 votes


  • Ted Farah (R) — 2,660 votes
  • Joseph Taborsak (D) — 4,824 votes


  • Roger Palanzo (R) — 2,305
  • Robert Godfrey (D) — 3,595


William Melillo (D) — 3,764

Jan Giegler (R) — 3,834

How Danbury Voted in 2010 (58.89% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; SA=Socialist Action)


  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 9,273 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R) — 8,140 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 217 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) — 191 votes
  • John Mertens (CL) — 115 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 9,813 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 295 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R) — 7,489 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (I) — 185 votes

24th State Senate District

  • Michael McLachlan (R) — 15,241 votes
  • Alice Hutchinson (D) 10,603 votes


  • Dan Carter (R) — 4,023 votes
  • Dan Carter (I) — 158 votes
  • Jason Bartlett (D) — 3,920 votes


  • Jack Knapp (R) — 2,391 votes
  • Jack Knapp (I) — 55 votes
  • Joseph Taborsak (D) — 3,304 votes


  • Terrance Tierney (R) — 1,024 votes
  • Bob Godfrey (D) — 1,845 votes
  • Bob Godfrey (WF) — 61 votes


  • Jan Giegler, (R) — 4,575 votes
  • Jan Giegler (I) — 429 votes


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