Tuesday was an historic election and Ridgefield Democrats have much for which we are thankful. Our greatest thanks are to each voter, no matter party or votes cast, for voting. Turnout was high for a mid-term with unofficial tallies of over 12,000 ballots cast, including nearly 1,300 absentee ballots and almost 90 Election Day registrations. That level of participation is a “win” for all Ridgefield — the foundations of our local democracy are strong, and our citizens are actively engaged in their own governance.
High turnout creates a welcome, but heavy, burden on local officials charged with safeguarding our votes. Democrats extend sincere thanks to Town Clerk Wendy Lionetti and her amazing staff, to recently retired Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi, who returned for the day to offer the guidance of her expertise, to outgoing Republican Registrar of Voters Hope Wise (in her final election in that role), to our remarkable Democratic Registrar of Voters Cynthia Bruno, to all the polling officials and volunteers who labored through the day, and everyone involved in the counting. Ridgefield is privileged to be served by such conscientious individuals.