Not so many unaffiliated voters
You hear it said that Wilton’s largest voting body is comprised of its unaffiliated electors, but the Republican Party’s presence here is comparable.
Wilton has 11,480 registered voters. Of those registered voters, 36.72% are unaffiliated, but 35.95% are Republican.
For most intents and purposes, excluding photo-finish elections, these numbers — 4,216 and 4,127 — are about the same. The balance between them is less than 1% of the local voting population.
The rest of the town electorate can be broken into 3,075 Democrats (26.79%) and 62 other, minor party members (0.54%).
The Bulletin took a look at Connecticut District Reference Group A, which includes Wilton, Westport, Ridgefield, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Redding, and Easton, to see how Wilton compares in terms of base makeup.
The group, as a whole, represents 87,344 Connecticut voters, of which 36.91% are registered as Republican, 27.44% as Democrat, and 0.69% as other. The remaining 34.95% do not identify with any party.
Here’s the local breakdown:
- Wilton (11,480 registered voters) — 35.95% Republican, 26.79% Democrat, 36.72% unaffiliated, 0.54% other
- Ridgefield (16,606 registered voters) — 35.32% Republican, 28.39% Democrat, 35.43% unaffiliated, 0.86% other
- Westport (16,015 registered voters) — 27.25% Republican, 36.47% Democrat, 35.55% unaffiliated, 0.73% other
- Easton (4,988 registered voters) — 32.98% Republican, 23.56% Democrat, 42.46% unaffiliated, 1% other
- New Canaan (12,745 registered voters) — 50.29% Republican, 20.31% Democrat, 28.91% unaffiliated, 0.49% other
- Darien (12,485 registered voters) — 47.34% Republican, 18.89% Democrat, 33.28% unaffiliated, 0.50% other
- Redding (6,866 registered voters) — 30.70% Republican, 30.51% Democrat, 37.77% unaffiliated, 1.02% other
- Weston (6,159 registered voters) — 29.39% Republican, 34.42% Democrat, 35.46% unaffiliated, 0.73% other
For Wilton, Ridgefield, Easton, Weston, and Redding, unaffiliated voters take the lead. Westport is alone in this list in that it has more Democrats than any other affiliation.
The largest voting bodies in both Darien and New Canaan are peopled with Republicans. New Canaan, however, may be the only municipality in District Reference Group A that can rightly be called a “Republican town,” with more than half its voters in that party.