By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY â€” Voter turnout in Addison County ran ahead of statewide forecasts, with 13 of the countyâ€™s 23 towns reporting that at least 70 percent of their registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Prior to the election Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz told the Burlington Free Press that she expected statewide turnout to end up in the 60 percent range, although the actual percentage wonâ€™t be known for a few days.
Nationally, the Associated Press gave the preliminary estimate on Wednesday morning that turnout was about 40 percent, in line with previous midterm votes held between presidential elections.
Meanwhile, only one Addison County town recorded a turnout of less than 60 percent: Goshen, where 55.8 percent of voters showed up at the polls.
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY â€” Addison County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday to change some of the faces of those who represent them in the county courthouse and in Montpelier.
With turnout exceeding 65 percent in most towns, residents elected Cornwall Democrat Eleanor â€œMisseâ€? Smith as their new probate court judge, and sent three first-time candidates to county seats in Vermont House. One of those three new legislators â€” New Haven Democrat Christopher Bray â€” earned his spot in a tight Addison-5 contest against longtime incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven.
Tuesdayâ€™s General Election also gave voters an opportunity to soundly defeat a $10.3 million renovation plan for Otter Valley Union High School; endorse a new town garage project for Bridport and a veteransâ€™ memorial in Bristol; and pick two assistant judges for the Addison County courthouse.