As the political primaries loom, Republican Registrar of Voters Judith Raines expects to see quite a few more people at the polls this year. First though, she has to get them all registered. And there even have to be special hours for absentee voters to cast their ballots.
"We expect there will be more interest than in recent years for both the primary and the November election," said Raines. She added that the driving force behind the upswing is the combination of federal and state offices up for grabs according.
Within Westport, Raines also noted that this year might see an increase in the percentage of Republicans in the booth. While Democratic Candidate Jonathan Steinberg is not opposed within his party for Rep. Joe Mioli's 136th state Assembly district seat, D-136, two prominent Republicans are battling it out in a primary: Stephen Rubin and Nitzy Cohen. "We have two people who are interested in this position who strongly feel they are the best person for the position," said Raines.
To help get all the residents ready to vote in the primaries, the Registrars of Voters will hold a special registration session this Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Normally, the office closes at 4 p.m.
And, because of the wide of interest in the and primaries, the Town Clerk's office will hold special absentee voting hours on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. until noon. Registered voters can come into the office and fill out their absentee ballots and turn them in at that time if they so choose. This is the first time the clerk's office has held a special absentee voting session in years according to Raines.
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