[Update] Voter Turnout Higher Than Previous High School Referendum Votes

More than 22.5 percent of registered voters have already voted as of noon.


Update: As of 4 p.m., 2,508 of the 11,129 registered voters in town have turned out to vote, according to numbers provided by the registrar of voters. The voter turnout is about one percent higher than in 2010, which saw 2,532 head to the polls.

"We are all surprised by the turnout," Beyer said. She added that more than 10 people registered to vote, which usually does not occur.

"We are usually not that active," said Democratic Registrar of Voters Janet W. Viggiano.

Update: As of noon, 1,468 of the 11,129 registered voters in town have turned out to vote, according to numbers provided by the registrar of voters. In 2010, 1,470 voters had voted by noon. However it is a lower percentage of voters, 13.11, because there were more registered voters in 2010.

Original Story

Rocky Hill residents turned out in record numbers Tuesday morning to cast their votes in , which will decide if the 30-year-old is renovated as new.

As of 9 a.m., 746 of the 11,129 registered voters in town have turned out to vote, according to numbers provided by the registrar of voters. The 6.69 percent of voters that turned out this year is higher than 6.02 percent that voted at the same time in the referendum two years ago, according to Republican Registrar of Voters Patricia E. Beyer.

 "It is fabulously better than we have ever done," she said. In 2010, another referendum plan with only two elementary schools and no all-day kindergarten was proposed, however it failed by a wider than two to one margin.

The polls will be remain open until 8 p.m. Residents can vote at one of the following three locations, according to your district.

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People were at the polls as early as 6 a.m. to cast their vote at the community center. However, it appeared that the crowd was larger at West Hill Elementary, which is typically known to have the largest turnout in elections.

The political action committee “,” was at both polling places. The group's mission is to garner enough support from residents to pass any referendum question that keeps the high school accredited and addresses the 

Residents including , and people without children are opposed to the project for reasons such as higher taxes and the issue of accreditation.

will have updates throughout the day on Tuesday and will have the results after the final votes are tallied.

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Harry June 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
voting no, wrong plan, way to much $$, for the 3rd time, maybe just maybe the BOE will come up with a responsible plan that includes all schools and doesn't cost 100 MILLION.
Jim Choquette June 05, 2012 at 02:23 PM
good luck Harry
William MacDonald June 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Let the people of Rocky Hill speak with a YES vote and send a message to all that we love our town and that as a community we support the renovation of the High School. This will be a great day for our community.
Nate June 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Jan June 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
YEs! Let the people of Rocky Hill say "Yes"
Harry June 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Good to see all the seniors out there voting, spoke with my neighbors, they are voting no as well and they have children! Again, it is the WRONG plan, spends TOO much for only ONE school when the other schools are in desperate need. You can update all the schools for this 45 MILLION, why you left the other schools out is beyond me. And to expect us all to do this all over again next year for the other 1/2 of the failed 2010 plan, give us a break. Vote no or pay much higher taxes
Harry June 05, 2012 at 09:01 PM
3 more hours to vote NO
William MacDonald June 05, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Final push. Need to get every one out to exercise their right to vote. Please support out children and community. Vote YES
Michele June 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Great voter turnout so far. One more hour to make your vote count...vote YES to support our community!
matt June 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
please vote yes. its not fair to us kids who are the future of the world VOTE YESS!!!!!!
Jane June 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Mr. McDonald, I take offense to the Pro-side comments that people who vote no - do not care about Rocky Hill. That is so far from the truth. I want the town to be able to do what is needed at every school. If you think a referendum in two years for the needed updates at Stevens is going to pass after this one, think again. No one in town is going to approve to have our taxes raised another $200 in two or three years. We have to think long term, not just where your kids are now.
Jane June 05, 2012 at 11:21 PM
VOTE NO - we can't afford everything on this list and then pay for updates to Stevens School and West Hill School.
Tom Schulenburg June 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You can't have it both ways - people voted no in the past because they thought the town was trying to do too much. Now you want them to vote no because you think they are doing too little? This work has to be done. The price will not go down if you combine it with other work
Torchy June 05, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Torchy June 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Opps. That should have been voted *no*.
Jeff Zepperi June 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Yes, it passed by a 2 to 1 margin! Way to go Rocky Hill!
Michele June 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Thanks to all the YES voters!
Pete Doll June 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Yawn.....Now lets build some elementary schools!!!!!!!!
Harry June 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
ya it's great, no clue what the cost will be, no clue when it will be completed, not clue what the affect is on property taxes, not one kid that was out screaming holding up signs will step foot in this new school, not one.... Great job libs, idiocy, there is no other way to describe it...
Pat June 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM
It doesn't matter that some of these kids will not step foot in this new school. C'mon, everybody knows the issue is bigger than that. Let's be real. It was great to see kids out there supporting our community and trying to get a better school for their sisters and brothers.
Harry June 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Pat, they have NO understanding of the real meaning of this. This is a HORRIBLE plan and the powers that be FOOLED and BULLIED the voters of Rocky Hill into passing a plan they don't want. 4 to 1 voted it down in 2010, you then split that in 1/2, scared everyone and got the yes vote. Needed repairs and updates for RHHS is 10 to 12 Million, the rest of that 45 Million should be going to the other schools. NONE of the kids today in the Rocky Hill school system will step foot into this new fantasy school. The US Economy is going to crash, and will make the last recession look like a cake walk. Our economy is fake, based on printing money and wasteful Gov projects like this one. Money is running out.. People will move. Including myself, I will not be paying for this. A simple move will net me $30,000 in savings within 5 years, on home property taxes alone. There are 10 to 15 new foreclosures in Rocky Hill, this will get worse... Congrats to the spoiled hippy generation


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