Voter turnout in municipal elections

Scott McLean

Scott McLean, a professor of political science, is available today to discuss why voter turnout tends to be lower in municipal elections. 

"Voter turnout in Connecticut varies widely from town to town," McLean said. "Democrats and Republicans are not evenly distributed in the state so there is a lack of real competition in most towns. Occasionally, a dominant party can split, giving an independent candidate an opportunity, but that's rare. Add to all this, the  inconsistent coverage of municipal issues in the news media, it is no wonder that municipal elections draw such little attention from voters."             

If you're interested in interviewing McLean, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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