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Election Day Near; LWV Is Here

It’s fall! Time for leaves, pumpkin everything, and elections.

The League of Women Voters Westport “leaves” raking to you, and pumpkin lattes to Starbucks. But it’s all over the ballot box.

As the non-partisan, men-are-welcome-too organization prepares for Tuesday, November 5, they offer several programs and services to help Westporters register, and learn about candidates. For example:

Tomorrow (September 24) is National Voter Registration Day. You can register at the Westport Library (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

October 6 is the LWV’s annual Fall Brunch (11 am to 1 p.m.). It’s a meet-the-candidates event. For more information or to RSVP, call 203-293-7687.

On October 21 (Town Hall, 7 p.m.), the LWV co-sponsors debates with the Westport Library and PTA Council, for Board of Finance and Board of Education candidates. Email your questions to lwvwestportct@yahoo.com (specify which office you are asking about).

On October 28 (Town Hall, 7 p.m.) there’s a second debate, for Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals candidates.

Of course, Election Day would not be complete without the LWV Voter’s Guide. It will arrive in the mail of all 10,500 Westport households shortly after October 25.

The League seeks donations to help defray the $3,900 cost of printing and mailing this important tool. Checks can be sent to the League of Women Voters of Westport, PO Box 285, Westport, CT 06881-0285 (write “Voter’s Guide” in the memo line.

For more information on the League of Women Voters Westport, click here.

In Case You Base Your Vote On More Than Road Signs…

Opinions are like you-know-whats: Everyone’s got ’em.

Westporters know exactly what to do about Baron’s South, the education budget, tree-cutting, downtown parking, Compo Beach, affordable housing, bike lanes, and a thousand different topics.

We are not afraid to share our thousands of different views with our elected officials.

When those officials disagree with us, we think it’s their fault. Even if we did not vote in the election that put them in office.

Knowledge is power.

LWV my town my voteIf you’d like to know exactly who you’re voting for next month — besides seeing their names on lawn signs — come to a pair of League of Women Voters-sponsored debates.

Tomorrow (Monday, October 5) focuses on candidates for the Planning & Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals.

On Wednesday, October 14, meet Board of Education and Board of Finance hopefuls.

Both sessions are set for Town Hall, at 7 p.m.

But wait! There’s more!

Both days, at 6:15 p.m., voters can meet Representative Town Meeting (RTM) candidates. They’re our unsung civic backbone, with power over everything from final budgets to plastic bags.

Around the world, people continue to die for the right to vote. Here in Westport, you just have to go around the corner.