Sky-high voter turnout for midterms

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Waitsfield resident Jamey Fidel votes on November 6. Photo: Jeff Knight

Waitsfield resident Jamey Fidel votes on November 6. Photo: Jeff Knight

Voter turnout for the midterm elections ranged from 60.8 to 86.2 percent, significantly higher than in years past! Local voters re-elected Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, to the state Legislature along with challenger Kari Dolan, D-Waitsfield.

Dolan and Grad dominated the field of five candidates including incumbent Ed Read, I-Fayston; Neil Johnson, Green Mountain Party – Waitsfield; and Bob Readie, I-Warren. Grad received 2,590 votes from Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, Moretown and Duxbury, while Dolan received 2,339 votes. Read received 1,978, Readie received 516 and Johnson received 383.

Valley voters mirrored the rest of Washington County in re-electing Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier, and Anthony Pollina, I-Middlesex, to the state Senate along with Andrew Perchlik, D-Progressive – Montpelier.

Local voters favored incumbent Governor Phil Scott, R-Barre, over challenger Christine Hallquist of Hyde Park, with the exception of Warren, which voted for Hallquist 508 to Scott 481.

In the race for lieutenant governor, local voters cast twice as many voters for incumbent David Zuckerman, Progressive, D-Hinesburg, than for challenger Don Turner Jr., R-Milton.

Duxbury saw 689 of its 1,132 registered voters at the polls, or 60.8 percent. Waitsfield saw 1,039 of its 1,453 voters cast ballots, or 71.5 percent. Warren’s voter turnout was the highest at 86.2 percent with 1,040 of 1,506 registered voters casting ballots. Fayston saw 757 of its 1,240 registered voters cast ballots, or 61.0 percent. Moretown saw 929 of its 1,457 registered voters cast ballots, or 63.7 percent.

In Fayston, a nonbinding ballot item asked voters to weigh in on the creation of a town Listserv. That passed 664 to 50.

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