Has all the hullabaloo about absentee ballots in the primary given campaign operatives pause and tamped down the general election numbers? Depends how the numbers are interpreted.
On one hand you could argue there’s not nearly as many absentee ballot application requests in the general election as there were for the primary, but on the other hand you could argue it’s quality over quantity because more electors have voted by absentee in the general election than at the same point during the primary more than two weeks from the vote, albeit with a higher universe of voters.
At the same point during the primary about 1,400 absentee ballots were mailed to electors with fewer than 300 returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. As of the latest report released by the Town Clerk’s Office about 900 ballots have been mailed to electors with about one third already returned.
In the Democratic primary for mayor State Senator Marilyn Moore won at the polls by 384 votes citywide while incumbent Joe Ganim emerged as the certified winner by virtue of winning the absentee ballot count 963 to 313.
About 20,000 city voters are not registered with a party, but the absentee ballot reports shows just a smattering of unaffiliated as well as Republicans voting by mail-in ballots.
The final two weeks leading to election day is when a majority of the absentee ballots are received by the Town Clerk.