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At Midday on Election Day 2020, Lines at Polls in Bethel Were Not Long; Historically High Voter Turnout; Candidates Do Last Minute Campaigning

Report by Paula Antolini, November 3, 2020, 1:44PM EDT

Voters said lines were longer in the early morning hours, but at midday on Election Day, November 3, 2020, The BETHEL ADVOCATE found that lines at all three polling locations in Bethel had a wait of only 15 minutes, 20 at most, and no lines at Stony Hill Fire Station polling location at all.

The longest line was at the CJH Municipal Center at approximately noon, which stretched across the front of the building, but the wait was not long, voters said. There was a similar situation for the line that was into the parking lot at the Berry School polling location, but we were in and out for voting in 17 minutes.

We spotted some candidates campaigning outside the polling locations, keeping outside the 75 foot distance.

Stephen Harding (R) was at the Stony Hill Fire Station polling location, campaigning for reelection for CT State Representative, District 107, which includes Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury. At the same time, Harding’s opponent Kerri Columbo (R) was also there campaigning.

Susan Chapman (R) drove up in her spectacular Dodge Ram pick-up truck, as she quickly then grabbed her campaign sign out of the back seat. Chapman is a candidate for CT State Senator, District 24, which includes Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield and Sherman.

Raghib Allie-Brennan was spotted at the Bethel Berry School polling location, and later at the CJH Municipal Center, a candidate for reelection for CT State Representative, District 2, which includes Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding. His opponent’s wife, Jane Ann McBride-Carter, was campaigning for Dan Carter for CT State Representative, at the municipal, as Dan was campaigning in Danbury, she said.

It could be possible that the polling locations will have longer lines tonight as residents vote after they leave work.

The Bethel Registrar of Voters said, “History has been made today. So far as of 4:00 PM, Bethel residents have cast more than 10,000 ballots in an election for the first time ever. With 4 more hours of voting to go, 77% of Bethel’s registered Voters have cast a ballot.”

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UPDATE Bethel Registrar of Voters, November 3, 2020, 6:00pm:

83% voter turnout in Bethel at 6:00 PM. At 4:00 PM we had set a record 10,000 ballots cast. By 8:00 PM we could break the 11,000 threshold.

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UPDATE Bethel Registrar of Voters, November 4, 2020, 2:22pm:

“In yesterday’s Presidential election, 85.5% of Bethel’s registered voters cast a ballot. 30.5% voted by absentee ballot and 55% voted in-person. There were a record setting 11,263 ballots cast.”

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Bethel CJH Municipal Center had a line across the front of the building but it moved fast, voters said, at about a 20 minute wait.

Jane McBride Carter, wife of Dan Carter, candidate for CT State Representative, District 2, campaigns at the Bethel municipal center as Dan was campaigning in Danbury, she said.

Bethel CJH Municipal Center had a line across the front of the building but it moved fast, voters said, at about a 20 minute wait.

Raghib Allie-Brennan, candidate for reelection for CT State Representative, District 2, campaigns at the Bethel CJH Municipal Center on November 3, 2020.

Stony Hill Fire Department polling location had no lines at midday, November 3, 2020.

Susan Chapman (R), candidate for CT State Senator, District 24, campaigns at
Stony Hill Fire Station polling location on November 3, 2020.

Stephen Harding (R) was at the Stony Hill Fire Station polling location, campaigning for reelection for CT State Representative, District 107, on November 3, 2020.

Kerri Columbo (R),. candidate for CT State Representative, District 107, was
campaigning at Stony Hill Fire Station polling location on November 3, 2020.

Lines were not long midday at the Bethel Berry School polling location on November 3, 2020.

Raghib Allie-Brennan, candidate for reelection for CT State Representative, District 2, campaigns at the Bethel Berry School polling location on November 3, 2020.

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