UPDATED: Quieting Down at Groton Polls

Where to vote, the list of candidates, and how the town voted in past elections. Check back mid-day for updates from the polling stations.

4:30 p.m.

As of 4:30, the District 2 polling place at West Side Middle School reported 1,052 ballots cast, just under 50 percent of those registered.

Fred Franzius was one of them. In the presidential and state races, he said he voted a straight Democratic ticket, which is unusual for him. He typically splits his vote, he said.

On the local matter of roads, he said the town didn't a case for it.

"They acted as if (the voters) should do it because we (the town) put it in front of them," he said, adding, "They showed no sensitivity at all to taxpayers."

3:45 p.m.

Mattie, a 10-year-old yellow lab, did her part to campaign for Edward Moukawsher, wagging her tail as voters passed outside the City Muncipal Building.

Meanwhile, at a tent nearby, two women who started at 5:30 a.m, raised money through a bake sale for the Fitch Drug and Alcohol Free Graduation party. Ellen Haluga, dressed in a Fitch jacket, said they were grateful for the space and had raised $800.

"It's nice, because it's 100 percent profit for the party," she said.

A steady stream of voters - though fewer than the morning - cast ballots before their evening work shifts.

Don Kniffen, a pipe welder at Electric Boat, said he always votes no matter what. In local matters this year, he supported the road referendum, he said.

"I've lived here for 40 years and there's plenty of roads that need fixing," he said.

11:15 a.m.

Outside District 8 at the Town Hall Annex, a car collided with a truck in the parking lot outside the polls at about 11 a.m.

The driver who struck a truck in the lot said he was listening to the radio as he was backing up, and at his age, you shouldn't do that.

"I'm sorry," he said to the driver he hit, and the man took it in stride. The truck, was not damaged. The other car involved, a four-door sedan, had its right rear light smashed.

Meanwhile, election workers inside created a system of two lines to keep things moving. The district reported 945 voters by 11 a.m., or nearly 25 percent of those registered.

"We had people showing up at 5 a.m. thinking the polls were open an hour earlier than they were," said District 8 moderator Ken Semeraro. He was setting up, and said the handful of voters waited the hour to cast their ballots.

10:15 a.m.

Lines at the polls were several people deep in District 1 at Groton Public Library this morning, and moderator Scott Smith reported heavy turnout.

"We've been pretty much straight out," he said.

Paul Beyfuss, who is retired, said he came to vote to continue the Democratic agenda. He indicated he didn't like Romney or McMahon.

"A presidential candidate that puts his money in swiss bank accounts? I mean, come on," he said.

Beyfuss added of McMahon: "For someone who accuses other people of being a career politician, she's spending $77 million to become a career politician."

Original story

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Groton residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 2nd District, a state Senator from the 18th District and state Representatives from the 40th and 41st Districts. Voters will also decide whether to approve an $11.2 million bond referendum to repair roads.

See below for information on where to go to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Groton 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.

Groton Polling Stations

  • District #1: Groton Public Library, Newtown Road, Route 117, Groton.
  • District #2: West Side Middle School, 250 Brandegee Avenue, Groton.
  • District #3: City Municipal Building, 295 Meridian Street, Groton.
  • District #4: William Seely School, 55 Seely School Drive, Groton.
  • District #5: Charles Barnum School, 68 Briar Hill Road, Groton.
  • District #6: School Administration Building, 1300 Flanders Road, Mystic.
  • District #7: S.B. Butler School, 155 Ocean View Avenue, Mystic.
  • District #8: Groton Town Hall Annex, 134 Groton Long Point Road, Groton.

How Groton Voted in 2008 (73.38% Turnout)

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


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 8,953 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 5,814 votes
  • Nader-Gonzalez (I) — 168 votes


  • Joseph Courtney (D) — 8,652 votes
  • Sean Sullivan (R) — 4,296 votes
  • G. Scott Deshefy (G) — 248 votes
  • Joseph Courtney (WF) — 661 votes


  • Andrew M. Maynard (D) — 8,917 votes
  • Anne P. Hatfield (R) — 4,294 votes


  • Edward E. Moukawsher (D) — 3,845 votes
  • No nomination (R) — 0 votes


  • Elissa T. Wright (D) — 5,254 votes
  • Deborah Peruzzotti (R) — 3,299 votes

How Groton Voted in 2010 (51.6% Turnout)

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


  • Blumenthal (D) — 5,651 votes
  • McMahon (R) — 3,816 votes
  • Mosler (I) — 129 votes
  • Blumenthal (WF) — 229 votes
  • Martens (CL) — 92 votes


  • Joseph Courtney (D) — 6,487 votes
  • Janet Peckinpaugh (R) — 3,112 votes
  • Scott Deshefy (G) — 103 votes
  • Joseph Courtney (WF) — 257 votes


  • Andrew M. Maynard (D) — 6,231 votes
  • Stuart R. Norman, Jr. (R) — 3,361 votes


  • Edward E. Moukawsher (D) — 2,482 votes
  • No nomination (R) — 0 votes


  • Elissa T. Wright (D) — 3,319 votes
  • Timothy H. Plungis (R) — 3,156 votes


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Why is Groton's voter turnout so much lower than Stonington's? Let's go vote!
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