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Official Results In: Malloy Took City By 18K

by Melissa Bailey | Nov 4, 2010 7:16 am

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Posted to: Politics, Campaign 2010

(Originally published 5 p.m. Wednesday.) Twenty hours after the polls closed, the city’s registrar of voters released election results showing Democrat Dan Malloy blowing his Republican opponent out of the water by 18,613 votes in New Haven.

Malloy beat Tom Foley by 22,298 to 3,685 votes, a ratio of 6 to 1 in New Haven, counting absentee ballots.

That’s a far bigger margin than the 16,589 to 8,274 vote by which New Haven’s own Mayor John DeStefano prevailed in town when he ran for governor in 2006. DeStefano beat Gov. M. Jodi Rell by only 8,315 votes that year.

After a series of mishaps and slow counting, New Haven was one of the last towns in the state to report its results. The results were released shortly after 4 p.m.—as Democrat Malloy was on statewide TV already announcing his transition team. The secretary of the state had declared him the “unofficial” victor; she couldn’t make a sounder declaration because New Haven and Bridgeport, among others, couldn’t give her official numbers.

Click here to read the ward-by-ward results. Note that some Malloy votes occur in the Working Families column, or a column marked “unknown,” which means that the voter marked down Malloy in both the “Working Families” and “Democrat” row.  (So you have to add up numbers in three columns.)

Ward 25 in Westville had the highest turnout, 64 percent. Note that in some places, the ward vote tallies don’t exactly reflect voters in that ward: For example, Ward 3 residents were sent to three different polling places Tuesday, meaning their votes were counted under other wards’ totals.

Turnout this year fell short of turnout in 2006, when local candidates DeStefano and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman were on the ballot.

New Haven’s voter turnout in 2006 was 48 percent.

This year, 43 percent of New Haven voters turned out to the polls. However there were more voters this year than in 2006, because of the flood of new registrations coinciding with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Around 1,000 more people voted Tuesday than in 2006.

Tuesday’s turnout didn’t reach the burst of voter enthusiasm in 2008, when cities boosted the nation’s first black president into office. That year, 67 percent of voters cast ballots. But the number of voters was high for a mid-term election in the modern era.

With only two-thirds of the number of voters as 2008, the city still encountered significant problems handling crowds and counting votes.

In East Rock, where Wards 9 and 10 were combined at the Wilbur Cross High School, some voters left the polls without voting because of long lines.

In Newhallville, election officials had to hand-feed 734 paper ballots from Ward 21 into a new counter. The machine malfunctioned at the polls.

As late as 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Registrar of Voters Office was still hand-counting ballots that had write-in candidates on them.

New Haven was one of the last towns in the state to report its results.

A person familiar with the process suggested it could be sped up by having more help. The vote-counting is done by members of the voting registrar’s office, in their 60s and 70s, who start working at 4 or 5 a.m. They answer phones all day from frantic people trying to vote. Around 10 p.m., they sit down to tabulate the votes. That means tossing out absentee ballots of people who later voted at the polls, counting the absentee ballots, and putting all the final figures onto a grid. By midnight, staff are exhausted. The person suggested the city hire a team of younger folks to start work at 10 p.m. counting the votes.

“This is the 21st century,” the observer remarked: the city shouldn’t have to wait until late Wednesday to find out how New Haveners cast their votes.

In another surprise for Malloy Tuesday, in the East Shore’s Ward 18, Malloy beat Foley 807-543 on the machines. That’s the neighborhood where Mayor John DeStefano grew up—a ward he lost in his 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Gov. M. Jodi Rell (an incumbent who was far more popular than Foley) beat DeStefano by 826 to 639 votes that year.

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posted by: Elaine Braffman on November 3, 2010  12:31pm

Unbelievable numbers! It is a beautiful day in New Haven and the East Shore! Yes we will when appropriate and for the betterment of our city and state.
Elaine Braffman
East Shore resident

posted by: Sean Matteson on November 3, 2010  1:53pm

After a generation of Republican leadership Dan Malloy will be a welcome change and a great Governor for the cities of Connecticut. 

Great work yesterday across all neighborhoods in New Haven with big turnout.  New England citizens clearly bucked the national trend and took action against what was happening across our country with GOP wins in so many Congressional seats.

Special recognition and thanks to all the work from Chuck Swirsky, Vinny Mauro, Nick Baletto, Susan Voigt and Gwen Mills.  Once again New Haven makes the difference in statewide politics and elections.

posted by: Truth Avenger on November 3, 2010  2:04pm

“Malloy Mauls Foley”  Great and creative title.  There are just too many smart people in New Haven to be taken in by nonsense that passes for GOP rhetoric.  Funny how on the national level, most of the higher-profile races left Republican and Tea Party candidates’ carcasses rotting in the hot sun of defeat.  Overall, the GOP did have a good day in winning back the House, now it remains to be seen what plans they have to move the country forward other than just saying “no” or repealing the progress made-an extension of saying no to everything.

posted by: Notexactlycorrect on November 3, 2010  4:44pm

To Nick Balletto>well done! Sean, you are really really stretching it about Susie Voigt. Also, at least you had the guts to work somewhat openly for Malloy while your boss was throwing tantrums over the whole situation from the get go! He is not going to be happy with you no matter what you think right now. His scorn will catch up with you when you least expect it. Good luck Sean! This should be a good learning experience for you. When you have to leave, do it with no regrets. Always do the right thing and sleep at night will come much easier. I believe you are an ok guy, but just are too caught up in the DeStefano push. He won’t be around much longer, that most know.

posted by: Hmmmm on November 3, 2010  9:35pm

Correction: I do not think Suzie Voigt or much of the Town Committee had a part in this victory. The Headquarters was usually inhabited by Chuck Swirsky, Vinny Mauro, Nick Baletto, Gwen Mills and Paul Nunez with a few State Reps and Senators in and out, notably Senators Harp and Looney and Reps Holder-Winfield and Walker. And, of course the coordinators for the Blumenthal and Malloy campaigns were there, April and Lisa. That is the truth of the matter. That could be a serious team in New Haven.

posted by: Random Thoughts on November 3, 2010  10:09pm

“That’s a far bigger margin than the 16,589 to 8,274 vote by which New Haven’s own Mayor John DeStefano prevailed in town when he ran for governor in 2006.”

Rell also ended up winning that election by a statewide margin of 63% to 35%.  This one looks like it’s going to be within a point or less.  If you adjust the Rell/DeStefano numbers by 15% in each direction you get 20,300 and 4,500—only a 15,800 vote difference.  And that’s setting aside the fact that DeStefano was the mayor and was running in a landslide Democratic year, whereas 2010 is just the opposite. 

It’s also interesting that New Haven is one of only two towns in CT-3 which cast more votes for Rosa DeLauro than in 2006—and it was substantially more (3,000).  The other, East Haven, only gained her 186 while her totals in all 23 other towns declined.  Presumably the 2008 registration drives are carrying over in a big way in New Haven.

posted by: paul on November 3, 2010  10:18pm

the AP figures on courant.com has the HVN figures totally wrong, assuming these here are correct - may explain why the AP rescinded their call for Malloy…

posted by: Brian L. Jenkins on November 3, 2010  11:57pm

“Special recognition and thanks to all the work from Chuck Swirsky, Vinny Mauro, Nick Baletto, Susan Voigt and Gwen Mills.  Once again New Haven makes the difference in statewide politics and elections.” posted by: Sean Matteson on November 3, 2010 1:53pm

Mr. Matteson, I would say that I’m shocked that you didn’t give the Black and Hispanic Communities any credit at all for turning out to vote. But I’m not. Your sole recognition of these individuals (Chuck Swirsky, Vinny Mauro, Gwen Mills, Susan Voigt and Nick Balletto) suggest that the Black and Hispanic Community comprise of a bunch of robots or sheep that are in need of these shepherds in order to get them to vote.
However, now that you mentioned these individuals, I do find it rather interesting that the bulk of the vote in NH come from both the Black and Hispanic Community and yet, the individuals that are running things look quite different. Hmmmm!

posted by: Jeffery on November 4, 2010  12:02am

As a documented Malloy supporter (recall the Ned bashing!!) with a handshake,I relish the day when I get to void the wasteful contract between the City of New Haven and SCF.
Assurances made are “gold” in the new deal.
I LOVE New Haven !!!!

posted by: Blame the King on November 4, 2010  12:27am

I hope Governor Malloy appreciates the overwhelming support New Haven threw him and I hope he will return the favor but my fear is the King will come between his constituents best interests and working with Hartford.
I watched both Malloy & DeStefano on the Seawall Park on Saturday for the toxic dumping press conference. It was obvious they wanted nothing to do with each other -the king had this painful smirk on the whole time Malloy spoke. I pray that is not the relationship with are doomed to. I hope the king can get something accomplished with a Democratic Governor, but I doubt it.

Malloy got more votes yesterday than the king got in his last mayoral election and his Governors election -COMBINED.
A candidate with any viability at all is a shoe in in 2011. So the big question is: Who will it be in 2011?

posted by: Rep.Pat. Dillon on November 4, 2010  9:36am

Thanks to those - mostly volunteers and mostly, but not all, women - who called from their own homes to arrange rides days ahead of the election, dispatched rides from the 92nd headquarters on Alden Ave election day, and collected machine totals so we could monitor turnout ward by ward. We then texted those machine totals to the Whalley Ave command.
This was done on a shoestring with enthusiastic workers. And thanks to the boots on the ground in West River mentioned in the article.
JFK said victory has many fathers. This victory has many fathers, and many mothers.

posted by: Ellis Copeland on November 4, 2010  11:00am

1) Blame the King is dead on—the King has got to go.  However, the village ... have proven they have neither the backbone nor the sense to throw [him] out.

2) It is a travesty that vote totals are more than 36 hours late.  When will we get rid of the two inept registrars???

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