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The Official Bethel Numbers Are In, Voter Turnout Down Slightly

The official count of 2011's municipal election.

Above is the Town Clerk's official election numbers broken down by district and absentee ballots for all 2011 candidates. 

When calculating the actual numbers, First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker won overwhelmingly, with 55.4 percent of the vote, Republican Kevin Cleary won 29.5 percent of the vote and CT Tea Party candidate Robert Burke won 15.1 percent.

This year there were about 4,400 residents that voted in this year's municipal elections, or about 40 percent of Bethel's 11,000 plus registered voters (out of population of more than 18,000).

According to the Connecticut Secretary of State's Office out was down slightly from the last municipal election in 2009, when approximately 42.8 percent of Bethel's registered voters participated. 

More Bethel voters cast their ballots during , about 62 percent of all those registered. However, more voters participated in Tuesday's election compared to the past year's and referendums, in which 24.2 percent and nearly 9 percent voted respectively. 

To see the full story of last night's election with video and pictures,

Paul Improta November 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM
You and your buddy droned on and on about his orientation. Seems you dove into that prematurely. He , as you were fond of suggesting "came out of the closet on that one", but now your change your story? Maybe there were new circumstances you have been called on the carpert about?
Dan Gaita November 14, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Oops, One correction. The Tea Party line actually cost one seat on the Board of Education. A shame too. Mr. Terzian would have proven a valuable assett given his years of law enforcement experience and collective bargaining experience in Ridgefiled.
Dan Gaita November 14, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Mr. Lerman, It certainly appears that the Tea Party line was insignificant, and had very little impact on the election results. My concern is when two people hijack an election by misleading the voters. However, It does appear, at least in Bethel, that Mr. Crnic and Burke were not able to fool enough voters to impact the results. I would like to see legislation that requires at least 1% of the registered voters be registered as/on the petitioning party name. This way the voters can see who and what is behind the ballott line. Otherwise it is the same as running an annonymous candidate that hides behind his fake screen name all day. The Burke and Crnic Tea Party - Is not in any way representative of the National Tea Party Movement. In fact, it is juxapposed to it. We shall see.
--- November 14, 2011 at 06:04 PM
"We're more legit than most of the tea party patriots who have only been around since "09"." Because Bob Crnic was TEA Party before TEA Party was cool. I was, too, but they called me a right-wing extremist, what with my anger over social-engineering taxation designed to create a culture of victimhood and build the Democrat/Socialist base.
--- November 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM
"Mr. Terzian would have proven a valuable asset given his years of law enforcement experience and collective bargaining experience in Ridgefield." Hear, hear! Preach it, Daniel!

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