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Vote Today!

I voted today.

I drove less than a mile to my polling place: the library.

The process was quick and efficient. Volunteers greeted me with smiles, checked my ID and handed me a ballot.

I walked a few feet, filled in the ovals, fed it into the machine, said goodbye to another volunteer, and left. On my way to the parking lot I got a coffee to support Kings Highway Elementary School. (They had both Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks — one more choice on a day full of them.)

Driving home, I realized how easy — and important — the process is.

I thought about voters in the early days of our nation. They had to travel vast distances — by horse, foot, barge, whatever — to cast their votes. They did it.

I thought about the millions of migrants who are fleeing countries all over the globe today. They’re doing it for many reasons — but not living in democracies is high on their lists.

There are many candidates on the ballot today. You can vote for whomever you wish.

There is only one thing you can’t do: Not vote.

For a list of Westport polling places, click here.

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

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