Home » Areawide »Local News » Currently Reading:

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

Have a news item, event or Letter to the Editor you’d like posted on this news site? Simply send your information to editor@htnp.com and include your town in the subject line of your email. Please also include a phone number where you can be reached if there are questions. For daily updates on local and Connecticut news, “like” us on Facebook at HTNP News. https://www.facebook.com/HTNPnews and find us on our NEW  Twitter page at HTNP News (@HTNPNews )

Comment on this Article:

Sponsors

Political Views

Have Coffee With Your State Rep

download

State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

(from left) Dr. George Knoecklein, Limnologist and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron discuss cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms present in Lake Pacotopaug.

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

Eddies&Ziobron

East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester. 
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Mimi Perrotti, Democrataic candidate for the 34th House District; East Hampton, East Haddam and Westchester, is delighted to announce that she has been approved for public financing by the State …

Business

Food desperately needed at local food bank

food bank

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Local organizations and food banks have felt the pinch providing food to families in need despite the economy improving, and in East Hampton supplies are …

Town looking for new employees

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter The Town of East Hampton is seeking candidates to fill two positions; Public Utilities Administrator and a Probationary Police Officer. The position of probationary police …

Open Hours With the Town Manager

  by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Have something you want to discuss, or questions about your town government you’d like answers to? Now you can do that without an appointment. …

Hometown History

Sponsors Directory

Weather