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2012 Democracy Cup awards announced

January 2, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Co-sponsored by the East Haddam Civic Association since 2000, the Democracy Cup was created as a way to encourage voter participation in each year’s elections.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today (Jan. 2, 2013) announced the 2012 “Democracy Cup” for the highest voter turnout percentage in the 2012 Presidential election in Connecticut to Bridgewater (94.75 percent) and Middletown (89.86 percent).

Other winners are Granby (86.22 percent) and Stamford (71.6 percent).

Co-sponsored by the East Haddam Civic Association since 2000, the Democracy Cup was created as a way to encourage voter participation in each year’s elections.

Winners are chosen in four categories: “small towns” are those with fewer than 5,000 registered voters; “mid-sized towns” are those with 5,000 to 14,999 voters; “large towns” are those with 15,000 to 49,999 registered voters.  Cities with more than 50,000 registered voters are their own category.

Middletown is the winner of the Democracy Cup in the “large town” category. Bridgewater is the winner in the small town category, the second such award for Bridgewater, which also won the Democracy Cup in 2009.

“All Connecticut communities should be proud of their voter participation this year, especially towns like Bridgewater which has consistently shown high voter interest in our elections,” said Scot Mackinnon, co-founder of the Democracy Cup and East Haddam Civic Association member.  “What is especially encouraging is seeing a town as large as Middletown record a voter turnout of nearly 90 percent, which is very rare for a community that size.  This is really excellent turnout and definitely worth celebrating.”

Each community awarded the Democracy Cup will display a trophy through next year’s November elections.

The trophy presentations for Middletown and Bridgewater took place on Dec. 27.  A trophy ceremony was held for Stamford was held Dec. 18, 2012 and a ceremony for Granby was held Dec. 21, 2012.

“We saw a very strong voter turnout of 74 percent of registered voters statewide on Election Day in 2012, despite the difficult challenges presented by damage from Hurricane Sandy,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s Chief Elections Official.

“I congratulate both Bridgewater and Middletown for doing such a wonderful job with 9 out of 10 registered voters participating in the 2012 election – it is some of the highest voter turnout in the nation!” Merrill said.

Posted January 2, 2013

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