6 P.M. UPDATE: 70% of Registered Voters in Cheshire Cast Ballots

Turnout is notably high in town and across the state in the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Update 6:30 p.m.

The latest tally shows that roughly 13,325 registered voters in Cheshire have cast ballots by 6 p.m., said Aleta Looker, Democratic registrar of voters.

Looker said 11,628 people voted at the polls while about 1,700 voted via absentee ballots.

There are 18,806 registered voters in town. The latest tally means about 70 percent of registered voters have cast ballots so far.

The polls close at 8 p.m.

Click here for a breakdown of Cheshire residents by party.

Update 5 p.m.

Chris Murphy stopped by Cheshire High School Tuesday to cast his ballot in the 2012 election.

A Cheshire resident, the three-term Congressman from the Fifth District then went on to speak to reporters gathered outside the school. According to The Day newspaper, Murphy said he was glad that the "long, expensive" race was coming to an end.

Murphy is running against former wrestling mogul Linda McMahon.

Check Patch's latest story on the race.

Update 12 p.m.

Cheshire is reporting that 6,577 voters have cast ballots in the election so far. That's about 35 percent of the total voter turnout.

There were 1,131 absentee ballots of that total number.

Update 10:45 a.m.

Normally, the registrars of voters in Cheshire will tally the daily vote count on Election Day based on the number of votes recorded on each machine at the polling places.

But it's been such a busy day with voting that they haven't even been able to do that, said Aleta Looker, Democratic registrar.

So, as for the turnout, "it's been astounding," she said.

"We knew there would be a lot but when people are waiting half an hour to vote you know it's amazing," Looker said.

Check back with Cheshire Patch as we get updates later on the voting.

Original Story

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Cheshire residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the Fifth District, a state Senator from the 13th and 16th Districts and a state Representative from the 103rd, 89th and 90th Districts.

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

And don't forget to follow Cheshire Patch on Facebook and on Twitter for regular updates throughout the day.

Cheshire Polling Stations

  • District 1: Cheshire High School, 525 South Main Street 
  • District 2: Chapman School, 38 Country Club Road 
  • District 3: Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Rd. 
  • District 4: Norton School Gym, 414 N. Brookvale Rd. 
  • District 5: Doolittle School Gym, 735 Cornwall Ave. 
  • District 6: Highland School, 490 Highland Ave. 
  • District 7: Dodd Middle School, 100 Park Place Street

Cheshire Referendum Questions

  1. Shall the $750,000 appropriation and bond authorization
    for the technology reserve fund be approved?
  2. Shall the $1,500,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the road
    repavement program be approved?
  3. Shall the $32,150,000 appropriation and bond authorization for upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Plant be approved?

How Cheshire Voted in 2008 (74.96% Turnout)

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


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 8,177 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 6,839 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 7,876
  • David J. Cappiello (R) — 5,579 votes
  • Thomas L. Winn (I) — 126 votes
  • Harold H. Burbank II (G) — 106 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) —  931 votes


  • Thomas P. Gaffey (D) — 5,812 votes
  • Tim Lenox (R) — 3,826 votes
  • Thomas P. Gaffey (D) — 468 votes


  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R) — 2,226 votes
  • Mark A. Orsini (I) — 841 votes


  • Vickie O. Nardello (D) — 3,019 votes
  • Martin A. Atkins (R) — 1,443 votes


  • Mary G. Fritz (D) — 2,303 votes
  • Peter J. Votto (CL) — 559 votes


  • Elizabeth Esty (D) — 3,129 votes
  • Al Adinolfi (R) — 3,293 votes

How Cheshire Voted in 2010 (65.93% Turnout)

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


  • Blumenthal (D) — 5,848 votes
  • McMahon (R) — 5,731 votes
  • Dr. John Mertens (CL) — 74 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 163 votes
  • Warren B Mosler (I) — 137 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 6,044 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R) — 5,574 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 172 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (I) — 88 votes


  • Thomas P. Gaffey (D) — 3,893 votes
  • Len Suzio (R) — 4,478 votes
  • Thomas P. Gaffey (D) — 99 votes


  • John N. Barry (D) — 1,177 votes
  • Joe Markley (R) — 1,775 votes
  • John N. Barry (WF) — 35 votes
  • Carmine M. Capobianco (I) — 61 votes


  • Vickie O. Nardello (D) — 2,099 votes
  • Martin A. Atkins (R) — 1,571 votes


  • Mary G. Fritz (D) — 1,476 votes
  • Richard Abbate (R) — 1,356 votes
  • Peter J. Votto (CL) — 60 votes


  • Elizabeth Esty (D) — 2,480 votes
  • Al Adinolfi (R) — 2,685 votes


Sharon Muthig November 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I voted at the high school early this morning. While in line I overheard the moderators talking about acceptable forms of ID. A Costco card was acceptable, because it had a picture and a checkbook was acceptable because it had an address. I showed my Military ID and was asked if I had id with my address on it!! I did have my drivers license, however I am appalled at the lunacy of this!! I feel that was soooooooo disrespectful to my husband - a Cheshire resident who is presently fighting in Afghanistan for this woman's freedom !!! Please excuse my venting!!
Eric November 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I voted at CHS this morning and the lines were long. Great to see the wonderful turnout. The wait was 40-45 minutes. When I finally reached the tables it became apparent why there was such a long wait. More than 1/2 of the voting stands were empty. It takes a very long time to get passed the ballot table. There was one person collecting the tickets and explaing the ballots. He wouldn't hand out the ballot until he was done pontificating about the questions. It was time consuming. This was the bottleneck. Next time, consider having to two tables with two volunteers on each table handing out the ballots. It would speed things up tremendously. Thanks to the volunteers who are helping at the polls today.
Claudia Miller November 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Voted at ArtsPlace at 10am and waited in line for 25 minutes which isn't a big deal but t he parking lot is a mess and there were cars lined up on both sides of Route 70 trying to get in.


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