Steady voting was being reported Tuesday afternoon as voters cast ballots in the 2015 municipal election, choosing a first selectman and a host of seats on town boards and commissions.

At 4 p.m., according to statistics posted by the Registrars of Voters office, 9,724 of the town’s 36,166 registered voters had already voted. There also are 749 absentee ballots cast in this year’s election.

The polls remain open until 8 p.m.

At the District 9 polls at Sherman School, Caroline Mazza, who was accompanied to the polls by her three children to cast her vote, said their schools are an important factor in how she voted. “I am pro-education,” she said.

Cameron Emmott said that education was a major influence for him as well. “There are some pivotal opinions out there right now. I felt strongly about one particular side,” he said.

Rose Leahy, who said she has lived in Fairfield 20 years, but noted she has recently been out of town, but returned for Election Day. “I made sure I was here for this,” she said.

Another Sherman voter, who did not want to give her name, said she was turned off by a Republican campaign mailing she received that she said blamed incumbent First Selectman Mike Tetreau for the still-closed Community Theatre. “That struck me as stupid,” she said. She also said she wouldn’t be voting for any candidate that seemed to be aligned with the Tea Party.

Short lines could be found at many of the polling places, and not surprisingly, because of recent redistricting, some people came to the wrong polling station to vote. That didn’t deter one 94-year-old resident, Christine Snelgrove, who showed up at McKinley School to vote with her daughter Marge. When they found out they instead needed to be down the street to cast their ballots at Fairfield Warde High School, they got back in the car and drove over there.

Ellin Smith was at Fairfield Woods Middle School to vote. Waiting in the hallway for her husband, Smith said that having a daughter who recently graduated from high school made a quality education a main concern for her vote.

“My daughter was the beneficiary of our tremendous music program and now she’s able to perform at the highest level at Trinity College,” Smith said.

For a link to voter information from the Fairfield Citizen, visit: http://bit.ly/1NOR1Ko