At first check, the polls were quiet Tuesday morning in Rocky Hill as less than 100 people have voted in the Republican Primary.
As of 10:30 a.m., 30 people voted in district one, 25 voted in district two and 14 in district three for a total of 69 voters. There are 11,145 registered voters in Rocky Hill with 2,312 being registered as Republicans.
The first voter at 6:20 a.m. in district two was greeted with a round of applause, according to Republican Registrar of Voters Patricia E. Beyer.
The names of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum will all appear on the state's ballot, even though Santorum has suspended his campaign.
The primary is expected to cost the town between $5,000 to $7,000, which includes the cost of ballots, poll workers and getting the cards confirmed, Beyer said.
Despite the lower voter turnout, Beyer said she had to purchase $2,000 worth of ballots to make sure she had enough for the primary. She explained that she had to order them a month in advance and wanted to make sure the town was not short like Bridgeport was during the gubernatorial election 2011.
"It's very hard. You have to cover yourself," Beyer said.
Bridgeport Registrar of Voters did not order enough ballots for the election, which caused poll workers to have to photocopy some that did not work in the machines. The shortage caused problems at the polls and lead to reform in the ordering process.
Here is a list of the polling places, which are located in the gymnasiums of the following buildings.
- District #1 - - 95 Cronin Drive
- District #2 - - 761 Old Main Street
- District #3 - - 144 Bailey Road
All polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Students, who will be 18 years old by November's elections and are a registered Republican, can vote in today's primary.
Check back later in the day, Rocky Hill Patch will have a story on the results in Rocky Hill and the overall winner.