BEACON FALLS — In the 51 years Helen Mis has a served as the Republican registrar of voters, the number of registered Republicans in town have never outnumbered registered Democrats. That changed this month.
As of Oct. 22, there were 1,118 registered Republicans in town compared to 1,112 registered Democrats, according to numbers provided by Mis, who first took office in 1967.
The ranks of registered Republicans have grown since November 2016, while the number of registered Democrats dipped slightly. In November 2016, there were 1,118 registered Democrats and 1,082 registered Republicans, according to figures provided by Mis.
“I believe this is the momentum swing that has been predicted as a result of the (Gov. Dannel) Malloy policies and lack of leadership from the Democrats in the legislature over the past many years,” said Beacon Falls Republican Town Committee Chairman Michael Krenesky, who is also a selectman, in a prepared statement.
While the scales have shifted slightly between Republicans and Democrats, voters registered as unaffiliated or with a minor party far surpass either major party. As of Oct. 22, there were 2,158 voters registered as unaffiliated or with a minor party, according to figures provided by Mis.