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Republican Primary Draws Little Interest

Primary Costs $18.50 Per Voter

Call it the primary that wasn’t.

Tuesday, Waterford Republicans easily endorsed Mitt Romney as the next GOP candidate for president. Romney received 241 votes, compared to 47 votes for for Ron Paul, 36 votes for Newt Gingrich and 25 voters for Rick Santorum. Eight voters were uncommitted.

But the real news was the decidedly low turnout with just 339 people, or 13 percent of all Waterford registered republicans, voting. With Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign earlier this month all but giving the nomination to Romney, there is little drama left in the race.

However, the cost of holding the primary to local taxpayers was $6,270, or $18.50 per voter, according to Waterford Republican Registrar Patti Waters. While it is a cost, it is part of the process, First Selectman Dan Steward said.

“There is a cost,” Steward said. “But the reality is if you don’t have a vote, do you really have a democracy?”

Jay Smolko April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Embarrassing! I voted yesterday and I'm pretty sure I saw a tumbleweed blow across the floor while I was in there. Only 339 people voted? And why would 25 people vote for Santorum instead of just staying home like the other 87% of registered Republicans? I changed my Independent status to Republican just so I could be involved and support Dr. Ron Paul. This is incredibly sad. I bet they voted for the next American Idol though. America in peril!
Erna L. April 25, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Well, it IS sad; but sadder still is that this Republican party is not the party of my parents. The gentlemanyly "intellectuals" who were the heart of the GOP were long ago overrun by brash radicals who were/are unwilling to negotiate issues for the good of the country and don't give a damn about lifting the populace up towards a better life (which, as I recall, was the backbone of this democracy at a time when to stand for one's principles put men at risk). Discourse with dignity be damned. It is indeed tragic when we would rather doom the country's future than cave with compromise.
Jenelle April 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Paul -- why can't just ONE polling place be open for events like yesterday's? That should be the scene statewide -- only one polling place per town for primaries. Would be a lot more cost effective !
Paul Petrone (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 05:20 PM
That was against state regulations. They had to open up all four. They did save some money by hand-counting the ballots instead of using the machine, which costs money.

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