Updated at 5:14 p.m.
Approximately 21 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans in Farmington have visited the polls to cast their votes in today's primary election.
At 4:45 p.m. there were 1,031 Republican votes cast, or 23 percent of registered Republicans, and 877 Democratic votes cast, or 17 percent of registered Democrats.
"It's been steady, but slow," Democratic Registrar Barbara Brenneman said.
Brenneman said the lower than expected turnout could be due to vacations or the large number of candidates on this year's ballot.
"We usually pick up between 5 and 7," Brenneman said.
Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Where to Vote in Town
- District 1, Precinct 1, 2, 3, 4 - Irving Robbins Middle School, 20 Wolf Pit Rd., Farmington
- District 1, Precinct 5 - West Woods Upper Elementary School, 50 Judson Lane, Farmington
- District 2, Precinct 6 - Community/Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville
- District 2, Precinct 7 - Municipal Campus (High School, Library or Town Hall), 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington
All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.
This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring.
- , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.
- Susan Bysiewicz, former Secretary of the State and a Middletown resident.
- Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and a Greenwich resident.
- , former congressman from the Fourth District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.
Fifth Congressional District
The Fifth Congressional District race is one of the hottest political contests in Connecticut in 2012. It’s the only Congressional race this year with an open seat, because the current representative, Chris Murphy, is running for the open Senate seat.
The ballot is made up of seven candidates — four Republicans and three Democrats.
- , a Torrington attorney and state senator from Goshen who gained the state GOP’s endorsement during its convention this summer.
- Lisa Wilson-Foley, a Simsbury resident who has been involved in the healthcare business in the Farmington Valley.
- Justin Bernier, a Farmington resident, a U.S. Navy veteran and a former executive director of the Office of Military Affairs under former Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
- Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield businessman and owner of a non-profit animal-rescue shelter.
Chris Donovan, of Meriden, the former House Speaker in the state's General Assembly, a working families advocate and the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate.
- Elizabeth Esty, an attorney and former Cheshire Town Council member and state representative.
- Dan Roberti, of Kent, a former public relations executive and activist.