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Westport Votes In Senate Primaries Tuesday

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport’s registered Democrats and Republicans will select their candidates for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know if you’re heading to the polls.

Where to vote: Your polling location is based on the voting district you live in. Voting districts were recently changed as part of the 2011 Connecticut Plan of Redistricting. This means the polling location you’ve voted at in years past may not be the same.

If you are unsure which district you live in, see the registrars’ street guide to find out. The polling places for Tuesday’s primary are:

? District 136-1: Saugatuck School Gym (170 Riverside Ave.)

? District 143-1: Saugatuck School Gym (170 Riverside Ave.)

? District 136-2: Coleytown Middle School Gym (255 North Ave.)

? District 136-3: Long Lots School Gym (13 Hyde Lane)

? District 136-4 & 5: Greens Farms Gym (17 Morningside Drive S.)

All polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Who's on the Ballot

Democratic Primary:

? Susan Bysiewicz, former Connecticut secretary of the state, and

? Chris Murphy, congressman.

About the race: Politically, the two candidates share ground. Both have said they support marriage equality for same-sex couples and preserving the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”  Both also advocate for reducing dependence on foreign oil by encouraging more energy-efficient cars and green energy production.

The two are also running on plans to bring more jobs to Connecticut. Bysiewicz’s platform includes easing burdens on small businesses, rebuilding the state’s infrastructure and bringing more manufacturing here. Murphy’s economic plan centers on his “Buy American” program, a series of bills to encourage manufacturing and selling domestically made goods. Read more about this race here .

Who can vote: Only registered Democrats can vote. Voters must establish their party affiliation by noon Monday to qualify.

Republican Primary:

? Chris Shays, former congressman, and

? Linda McMahon, Greenwich resident and former WWE CEO.

About the race: Much of the talk in the race has focused on the economy. Both Republicans have spoken out against what they call wasteful spending and both have said they would work to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Both candidates are in favor of lowering the corporate income tax rate, which currently stands at 35 percent.

McMahon says her economic plan would have a positive budgetary impact of $1.7 trillion from 2013 to 2021. One major component would be lowering the middle-class tax rate from 25 percent to 15 percent. She also wants to eliminate the capital gains tax for the middle class, end the tax on inflation, eliminate the death tax, gift tax and alternative minimum tax and provide greater deductions for educational expenses. Shays believes his economic plan would create a 4 percent annual growth in the economy. The biggest factor holding back growth has been the Federal Reserve, he said, accusing it of mismanaging monetary policy and the dollar. Read more about this race here .

Who can vote: Only registered Republicans can vote. Voters must establish their party affiliation by noon Monday to qualify.

Check back with The Westport Daily Voice tonight for results.

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