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Over 400 Presidential Ballots Cast In New London

Ballot allowed residents who aren't registered to vote to have a say in the presidential race

Just over 400 residents who weren't registered to vote took advantage of a special ballot allowing them to have a say in the 2012 presidential race.

Residents who were able to prove New London residency could vote at City Hall during normal polling hours on Tuesday. The tally followed the voting trend of the city, with strong support for the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The presidential ballots boosted the Obama-Biden vote in Connecticut by 360, while Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan earned 41 additional votes. The Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Jim Gray and the Independent ticket of Rocky Anderson and Luis Rodriguez each received one vote.

The presidential ballots bring the total New London votes in the presidential race to:

  • Romney-Ryan: 1,654
  • Obama-Biden: 6,710
  • Anderson-Rodriguez: 43
  • Johnson-Gray: 93

Under state law, the ballots were available for any residents who did not meet the Thursday deadline to register to vote but still wished to take part in the presidential vote. People voting with a presidential ballot were not allowed to cast a vote in any other races on Tuesday.

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NewLondonSource November 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
So that begs the question, what exactly is 'proof' that you are a resident? Any state issued card? A utility bill? If the latter, it doesn't necessarilly mean you are a US Citizen, now does it?
Jim November 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Why did I bother to register to vote..what a waste of time that was...
Shannon Brenek November 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Dirk, how many people total voted in the mayoral election vs voted in this election? Do you have those numbers?
Clark van der Lyke November 07, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Residency requirements vary. Sometimes residency it is the place you intend to make your abode. Hence, many service people in other states now can vote in New London because they lived here when they first registered. We have no uniform countrywide "citizens" ID. Probably never will. This is not France, Italy or Germany.
Dirk Langeveld November 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
There were 4,731 votes in the mayoral election last year. With the presidential ballots, there were exactly 8,500 votes in the presidential election yesterday.

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