Stonington Borough residents headed to the polls Monday to elect a new borough government. Voting in the borough election opened at 6 a.m. and continues to 8 p.m. at the Stonington Borough Firehouse.
As of 2:30, 196 voters had cast ballots, said poll worker Rosemarie LoPresto. That put Monday's voting on target to surpass the last borough election, when only 220 people voted in total.
By 12:30 p.m. 157 residents had cast their votes out of the 703 registered voters or roughly 22 percent according to moderator Joan Balestracci.
Balestracci described the turnout as steady but slow. “People are coming in and out,” she said. Balestracci said she expected it to get busier as the day goes on, adding, “Lots of people walk here.”
Borough residents will elect a warden, six burgesses, and a clerk-treasurer. Each elected official will serve a two-year term. The candidates for tax collector and tax assessor are unopposed. Candidates are seeking to prove they are the most capable to help the borough government maintain the borough's quality of life while improving infrastructure and communication.
Check back with Patch later tonight for complete election results.