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Unsung Heroes #72

When you and I go to the polls next Tuesday*, we’ll zip in and out of there in a few minutes.

It’s a wonderful ritual: We exercise a right countless Americans have fought and died for. We buy coffee and cookies to support the PTA. Then we’re gone, to take care of our usual business.

But Election Day doesn’t just happen.

It works like clockwork** only because of the hard work of dozens of men and women.

We see some of them: the poll workers — Democrats and Republicans — who spend 14 hours sitting at a table, methodically checking (and double-checking) every voter who comes in.

A soothingly familiar scene, year after year in Westport.

They solve problems. They thank us for voting. And they do it thoroughly, professionally, and with great good humor.

Their own spouse might come in. The routine does not vary. “ID, please,” they say.

They’re aided by ballot watchers. It’s mind numbing. They stare intently as voter after voter walks up, pushes a ballot into the machine, and leaves.

Some folks need help. Others need reassurance that their vote will be counted. Hour after after, the ballot watchers are there.

Of course, the backbone of the operation is the Registrar of Voters office. There’s a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes. Republicans and Democrats work side by side to make it happen.

Registrars of both parties work together to enroll new voters.

So next Tuesday, when you vote***, take an extra second or two to thank all the often-anonymous, always-conscientious, vitally important people who make it happen.

You might even buy them a coffee or cookie.

* You are voting, right?!

** In Westport, anyway

*** Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.!

Voter Registration Deadlines Near

The Registrars of Voters office (Room 107, Town Hall) is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for voter registration.

October 30 is the deadline for these registrations for the November 6 state election:

November 5 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Town Hall) is the deadline for in-person registration by residents who meet the following criteria:

Between October 30, and November 6, 2018:

  • Achieved the age of 18
  • Moved to Westport
  • Achieved citizenship
  • Are a member or family member of the armed services.

Questions? Call 203-341-1115 or click here.

NOTEVoters whose normal polling place is Coleytown Middle School will vote this year at Coleytown Elementary School.

Want A Primary Vote? Register!

Unhappy with what’s going on in Hartford? Interested in a change in Washington?

Connecticut voters get their chance to choose candidates for 5 offices — 4 statewide, 1 in the US Senate — next month.

But in order to vote in the August 14 primary election, you must be a member of a political party.

Republicans will choose from among 5 candidates for governor. There are also contested races for lieutenant governor, US senator, treasurer, comptroller and attorney general.

Democrats have primaries for governor, lieutenant governor treasurer and attorney general. The full list is below.

Voters currently registered as Unaffiliated who wish to vote in one of the parties’ primaries should click here to change now. (Unsure how you’re registered? Check here.)

The online voter registration deadline is August 9 (11:59 p.m.). The mail postmark voter registration deadline is August 9. The in-person voter registration deadline is August 13 (12 p.m.).

Absentee ballots are available on Tuesday, July 24. They must be received by the local town clerk by 8 p.m. on primary Election Day.

Questions? Call Westport’s registrars of voters: 203-341-1115, or stop in to their office at Town Hall.

Democratic Primary

  • Governor: Ned Lamont*, Joe Ganim
  • Lieutenant governor: Susan Bysiewicz*, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
  • Treasurer: Shawn Wooden*, Dita Bhargava
  • Attorney general: William Tong*, Paul Doyle, Chris Mattei

Republican Primary

  • Governor: Mark Boughton*, Timothy Herbst, Steve Obsitnik, Bob Stefanowski, David Stemerman
  • Lieutenant governor: Joe Markley*, Jayme Stevenson, Erin Stewart
  • US Senator: Matthew Corey*, Dominic Rapini
  • Treasurer: Thad Gray*, Art Linares
  • Comptroller: Kurt Miller*, Mark Greenberg
  • Attorney general: Sue Hatfield*, John Shaban

* indicates the party-endorsed candidate

Not Registered To Vote? Do It Tuesday!

There is no early voting in Connecticut. And the deadline for voter registration has passed.

But if you have not yet registered, there’s still a chance to vote this year. And no, it’s not rigged. It’s completely legit.

Westport’s Democratic and Republican registrars of voters announce Election Day registration. It takes place this Tuesday (November 8), from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall auditorium.

Residents must appear in person, with proof of both identity and residence. A current Connecticut driver’s or non-driver’s license or learner’s permit satisfies both requirements.

ivotedstickerProof of identity examples include birth certificate, Social Security card, passport, college photo ID, and an out-of-state or Connecticut driver’s license without Westport address change.

Proof of residence (showing current Westport address) includes a lease, paycheck, bank statement, property tax bill, naturalization documents, current college registration/free statement, passport, or utility bill (due no later than 30 days after Election Day).

Questions? Call 203-341-1115, or click here.

(NOTE: Election Day registration takes a while. If your registration has not been processed by 8 p.m., you can’t vote. You’ve cut it close already — don’t blow this chance!)