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Westport Voters Head to the Polls

Concerns over the country's health-care system drew Westport resident Rytis Varnas to Saugatuck Elementary School Tuesday morning to cast his vote.

A registered Democrat, Varnas, who is originally from Lithuania, said that when it comes to health care, he would like to see something similar to the systems in Scandinavia.

"In Scandinavia, health care is run by the government. It's inexpensive, it covers everything and it's available to everyone," he said. "It's simple. And the service there is incomparable."

And for Varnas, Dan Malloy, the Democratic candidate for governor, is best suited for the job.

While the state of health care sent Varnas to the polls, Connecticut's economy is what mattered to Westport resident Marissa Barbera.

"I think we really need a big change: 'as is' isn't working any longer. ... I don't think we're out of the woods yet," said Barbera, adding that many of her friends share the same sentiment. "We want to see if we can get a change in" Hartford.

Barbera, an independent voter, said although she voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates, she said she "voted more Republican than I thought." She said she cast her ballot for Linda McMahon in the U.S. Senate race. As far as the governor's race, Barbera didn't reveal her vote, but she dropped a big hint.

"When your own city doesn't appreciate you, that's not a good sign," she said, referring to Malloy.

For Westport resident Frank Vener, a registered Republican, his interest in this election's candidate pool, particularly the governor's race and U.S. Senate race, is what brought him out to the polls.

"The campaigns were so different: there was a lot to think about," Vener said. "But, I basically had a problem with all the candidates because instead of talking about the issues, they talked about each other. So it came down to the lesser of two evils."

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