As Election Day (Nov. 6) approaches, surge in Democratic voter registration past 6 months has Cheshire riding the blue wave
Voter registration has been interesting in Cheshire the past six months, especially for Democrats.
When it comes to Democrats and Republicans, Cheshire has long been a red town but in 2018 the blue wave has certainly hit town with Democrats emerging as the party with the most registered voters.
As of Saturday (Nov. 3), there are 5,342 registered Democrats in Cheshire, 4,925 Republicans, 8,588 unaffiliated voters and 244 “Other party” registered voters. As a result in the uptick of voter registration overall in recent months, a significant milestone has been reached with the total number of voters reaching the 19,000 plateau at 19,099 in all in Cheshire.
For comparison, while the biggest gain for Democrats came between May and August, on September 1 there were 5,230 Democrats, 4,812 Republicans. 8445 unaffiliateds and 232 in “other parties.” On October 2, there were 5,260 Democrats,4846 Republicans, 8476 unaffiliateds and 233 in “other parties."
“Cheshire now has over 19,000 voters, but there is no way to anticipate turnout on Election Day,” Democratic Registrar Tom Smith said. “Over 1,100 absentee ballots were also returned to the Town Clerk by Nov. 3.
“Thanks to those who are volunteering to give rides to the polls. We’ve already received a couple of calls and there will certainly be more. As always, the polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Good luck to everyone.”
The main deadline for eligible Connecticut citizens to register to vote in person in Cheshire was on Oct. 30, which is also the deadline for mail-in registrations to have arrived at the elections office. The only option now for registering is with Election Day Registration [EDR] in person at the Town Hall.
An overall look at the rise in Democratic numbers in Cheshire can seen in a recent article that was published on the CDTC website at this link - https://bit.ly/2pZvfi1.
For a complete and comprehensive guide to voting in Cheshire on Election Day go to https://bit.ly/2QuSgoj.
General information about voter registration, absentee ballots, deadlines, polling places, etc you can go to the Towbn of Cheshire website at http://www.cheshirect.org/voting-and-elections/.
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter at the New Haven Register for 36 years.