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Voting Surges at Norwalk Polls

It was a busy day Tuesday at Fox Run Elementary School, where voters from District 142B cast ballots. "The turnout is very well, we're around 2,000," said moderator Michael Prall at 3 p.m. "There's about 4,000 in this district, [and] we've already had half."

Norwalk was having a high turnout for a midterm election, according to Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons.

Ruth Perry, moderator at Kendall Elementary School, said the poll there was part of the trend. "This is wonderful," she said. About 1,000 people had voted in District 140A as of 4:30 p.m., out of 2,800 potential voters. Perry has been the moderator there for six years. She said everything was running smoothly.

Prall has been the moderator at Fox Run for about eight years, ever since he moved here from Stamford. He had been a moderator there for 12 years, having begun when he was 21. He expected voting to pick up later in the day as commuters got off the train and came to the polls.

Lex Paulson, who has volunteered at the poll for five years, was also impressed by the turnout, saying it was more than usual for an off-year. "It's definitely more than for a municipal, and I think it's more than the usual midterm, and I think it's more than in '06," said Paulson, who works for Congressman Jim Himes in Washington.

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