During the last midterm election in Bristol -- featuring the hotly contested reelection fight by Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2006 -- some 27.1 percent of registered voters had turned out at the polls by noon.
This year, only 24 percent had voted by noon, despite the nice weather.
But there are some 2,000 more registered voters this year than in 2006 so the total number of voters casting a ballot by noon is down only a little from 2006's level.
The registrar's office reports that voting so far today has been "smooth as butter," which is exactly what everyone hopes for.
There have been on reports of any problems at the polls.
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