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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Voter Turnout Hits 40 Percent by 7 P.M.

UPDATE As of 7 p.m. today, 5,298 of Westport’s 13,160 registered Democrats and Republicans—about 40 percent—turned out to vote at the town’s five polling places, the Registrar of Voters office said.

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Voters today at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Registrar of Voters office had predicted that the numbers would increase after 5 p.m. since parking spaces would be freed up at four of the polling places, which are schools that were in session today. The polls close at 8 p.m.

Only registered Democrats and Republicans, not unaffiliated voters, can cast ballots in today’s primary since Connecticut is a closed presidential primary state.

Of Westport’s more than 16,000 registered voters, there are 7,577 registered Democrats and 5,583 Republicans, said Marla Cowden, Democratic Registrar of Voters.

The number of party registered voters has swelled by 3,057 over the past week, as many unaffiliated voters registered for this election cycle.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican front runner Donald Trump, both perceived as non-establishment outsiders, have piqued voter participation, Republican Registrar of Voters Kevin White said last week.

“We’ve been processing them like crazy and working weekends, and just yesterday we had 50 people sign up,” said Cowden.

She said that 17-year-olds are allowed to vote in primaries as long as they turn 18 by Election Day.

—James Lomuscio


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