An upbeat gathering last week at Bridgewater Town Hall welcomed the state's Democracy Cup back to town.

The sterling silver cup will be calling Bridgewater its home for a second year in the past four.

The cup is emblematic of the outstanding turnout at the polls by the town's voters during the Nov. 6 election.

Nearly 95 percent of Bridgewater's eligible voters participated in the Nov. 6 presidential election, the best turnout in the state.

Bridgewater also took the honor for the 2009 election with a 79 percent turnout.

The Democracy Cup was presented to Selectman Curtis Read and the town's registrars, Margaret Sullivan and Patricia Barlow, by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

Statewide, the voter turnout was 74 percent.

"Despite the challenges we faced following Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut voters came to the polls with a very strong turnout on election day," Mrs. Merrill said.

Other Greater New Milford area towns had above average turnout at the polls. Washington ranked fourth, and Roxbury eighth in the state.

The Region 12 school district towns of Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury have earned the Democracy Cup six times in the past 12 years.

Washington captured the cup in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Roxbury claimed the honor in 2010.