In Southington, representatives from multiple polling places reported a steady stream of voters throughout the day, with a few rushes at some points. Several voters said they weren’t loyal to one particular party, but that they look at each candidate from an individual standpoint.
“I just think you should come out and vote,” said Nan Sheridan. “You can’t complain if you don’t vote.”
“I try and pay attention to what’s going on,” she continued, referring to local politics.
Rick Veilleux, another voter, said he and his wife also try to follow along with their town’s local politics.
“We’ve got to stay engaged,” he said.
“The national stuff generates a lot of noise, and it can sometimes drown out the local stuff. I tend to lean to the left, but I make a point to vote for the people I’m confident in and not worry about the party.”
Another voter, Chris, who did not wish to give her last name, also said she did not vote any for any one party all across the board. She said she had her own system, which she did not wish to divulge on the record.
“I can vote in this country and there are places where you can’t do that,” Chris said, adding that the most important issues for her were education - as she has children in the school system - and general projects to improve the town.