Voters in Connecticut are still learning the results for local races after polling stations closed at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Even in an off-year election there was a steady stream of voters arriving at New Britain’s Pulaski Middle School Tuesday morning. A three-way race for mayor and a crowded contest for common council are driving many in New Britain to the ballot box.
A dozen people lined up before the doors opened.
Mark Ciosck was the first in line at 5:30 a.m. and said last November’s election pushed him to the polls this year.
"This is actually the first year I’m actually voting in all of my life and I’m 46. It’s important to me. I want to start voicing my opinion," said Ciosck.
John Alteiri stood behind him, second in line. Alteiri said he never misses an election.
“It’s my civic duty and it’s my right to vote, and whether my person that I vote for gets in or not it gives me a right to complain about government. If you don’t vote then you don’t have a right to complain,” Alteiri said.
“I think it’s time for a change. There are so many women here in New Britain that are running for office who want to take a stance and they want to make a positive change and I think by having us rally together and going out and doing our part that that’s what it’s going to take to get New Britain on track,” said Norma Brown.
In the race for the Common Council, there are 30 candidates, but only 15 open seats.
There were also nearly two dozen complaints of damaged or stolen campaign signs.
All that gets set aside today as voters got to the polls.
In Bristol, voters will decide it was time for a change.
Democrat Ellen Zoppo-Sassu has been elected the new mayor for Bristol, defeating incumbent Mayor Ken Cockayne.
Zoppo-Sassu fell short in her previous attempt to unseat incumbent Mayor Ken Cockayne, but since his last victory Cockayne, a Republican, has been censured twice by his own council.
East Haven's incumbent Mayor Joseph Maturo defeated Salvatore Maltese two years ago, and did so again this year.
Voters in West Haven have elected Nancy Rossi to be their new mayor, according to her opponent and incumbent mayor, Ed O'Brien said.
In September, the former city council member Rossi defeated incumbent O’Brien by a razor-thin margin in the Democratic primary by only 136 votes.
NBC Connecticut will provide coverage on races across the state.