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Large Numbers Go to Polls Early

The early turnout was strong at Norwalk polling places Tuesday, according to Karen Doyle Lyons, Republican registrar. That news didn't surprise Korie Caplan. Caplan, a cousin of state Sen. Bob Duff's, always stands outside a polling place greeting people with a sign for her favorite candidate. Tuesday she was impressed by the turnout for a midterm election. "At 8 a.m. there were about 500 people here," Caplan said at Marvin Elementary School.

Just before noon, moderator Anna Grieser said voting at the poll had been "steady." Caplan agreed. "It hasn't stopped or slowed," she said. "Well, there was one period of slowdown. It lasted six minutes."

Most voters casting their ballots in the late morning at Marvin said they always vote. Jeanne Buschbaum, 93, a Republican, said she hasn't missed an election since she became eligible to vote. Debra Weingrad said she always votes, and added that she missed the old machine. Her daughter, Rachel Campbell, 13, agreed. She's been coming to the polls with her mother since she was a toddler.

Leigh Morfott, a Democrat, said she doesn't usually vote in midterm elections. "I don't vote as much when it's a local election," she said. "I guess I'm concerned the Republicans are going to win."

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