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Presidential Race Draws Voters To The Polls In Westport

Westport voters line up at Saugatuck Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon to vote.
Westport voters line up at Saugatuck Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon to vote. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport’s voters have turned out in big numbers so far for Tuesday’s election. As of 4 p.m., about 55 percent of the town’s registered voters, or 10,070 people, had cast their votes, the Registrars of Voters Office reported.

Many voters, such as Morgan Heine, cited women’s rights as one of the main issues that drew her to the polls. Heine, a registered independent and first-time voter, said she voted to re-elect President Barack Obama.

“As a young woman, I’m pro-choice and I don’t believe Mitt Romney supports women,” said Heine, 21. Her sentiments were shared by Suzanne Haber. Haber, a registered independent, also voted for Obama because she’s concerned about what would happen if Romney were to become president.

“In this day and age, women should not have to worry about birth control or working for equal pay,” said Haber. “It’s insane.”

Women were not the only ones who said they were concerned about women’s rights. Registered Democrat Dan Williamson said it was an important issue for him as well, along with the economy and taxes.

A longtime Democrat, Williamson said he believes Obama did “the best he could” these past four years, considering the state of the country when he took office. However, Williamson said he might have been tempted to vote for Ron Paul, had he been on the ballot.

Registered independent Diana Coyne, who also voted for Obama, said she, too, was pleased, overall with how Obama led the country.

For Augie Ciambriello, 23, ending the war is a top issue. As a Ron Paul supporter, Ciambriello voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson, although he said he knows Johnson won’t win.

“Whoever gets elected, Obama or Romney, it won’t matter — things will be the same,” Ciambriello said.

Democratic Registrar of Voters Marla Cowden said the office predicts about 90 percent to 91 percent of registered Westport voters will turn out for this election by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.

Check back with The Westport Daily Voice tonight for election results.

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