With a population of just over 2,100 residents, the town of Roxbury had Connecticut's highest voter turnout in the 2010 midterm election.

With a 75.73 percent turnout in November, the town was awarded a 2010 Democracy Cup Tuesday by Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. Roxbury was one of three towns and one city so honored.

"The involvement of citizens in the democratic process is the cornerstone of our civic life and this year; the voters in Roxbury, Granby, Simsbury and Stamford proved they are leaders," Bysiewicz said.

Co-sponsored by the East Haddam Civic Association since 2000, the Democracy Cup was created as a way to encourage voter participation.

"It's quite an honor," said Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry, "and it wasn't just in the small-town category. It was in the whole state.

"It's nice to see that people take their voting rights so seriously. I think we should compete against ourselves from here on out," she said.

Since its inception in 2000, the Democracy Cup has been awarded to towns in the greater New Milford area five times. Washington received the cup in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The town of Bridgewater was honored in 2009. Now Roxbury has joined the ranks.

Overall, statewide voter turnout in the 2010 general elections was 57.46 percent, according to the secretary of the state's office.

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