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Economy Drives Big Turnout At Fairfield's Polls

Campaign supporters try to sway voters outside one of Fairfield's polling places at Roger Sherman School Tuesday.
Campaign supporters try to sway voters outside one of Fairfield's polling places at Roger Sherman School Tuesday. Photo Credit: Greg Canuel

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s voters are turning out in big numbers so far for Tuesday’s election. Many voters cited the down economy as their main concern when heading to the polls.

“We need jobs in this country,” said Bruce Martin as he walked out of the voting booth at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. “That’s all I care about.”

Warren Greatsinger, an election moderator for District 4 polls at Osborn Hill School, said that he’d already had more than 1,400 people come to cast their ballots by noon. That mark was nearly three-quarters what the polling place saw in the entire 2011 election, with more than half the day left to go.

Greatsinger didn’t work the last presidential election in Fairfield, so the busiest day at the polls he’s seen was the 2010 statewide election. He said that compared to 2010, Tuesday’s turnout “blows that out of the water.”

“It’s been very, very busy,” Greatsinger said. “A lot of people are coming out to vote.”

Voter Jill Huber said she didn’t vote in the 2008 election while she was attending college. But she felt compelled to cast her vote this time around because of the state of the economy.

“Most of my friends don’t have jobs, and the ones that do, it’s not in the field that they graduated in,” Huber said. “This became really important to me, my family and my friends.”

Other popular issues included the president’s health-care reforms, foreign policy and education spending. Many Democratic voters also said that women’s reproductive rights were a driving issue.

Fairfield’s polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Check the Fairfield Daily Voice tonight for election results.

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