The in-person, registration deadline for those who recently moved to Westport, turned 18, achieved citizenship or are a member or family member of one in the Armed Services is Monday, Nov. 5, registrars said. The registrars’ office will be open Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to facilitate, officials said.
Westport Registrars of Voters Marla Cowden and Kevin White announced today that the District 136-2 polling place location will be changed to Coleytown Elementary school, 65 Easton Road, for the Nov. 6 election.
The change is due to the closing of Coleytown Middle School while air quality issues are addressed.
Washington – Democratic Rep. Jim Himes is spending more money on the races of other Democratic candidates than he is on his own, while his Republican challenger Harry Arora, raised less than $9,000 in campaign cash this summer.
According to the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Himes has raised about $2.5 million in his bid for a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, about $255,000 of that amount in the last quarter.
Arora’s campaign has raised about $230,000 so far, and the candidate has loaned his campaign another $500,000. But the hedge fund manager from Greenwich reported raising only $8,536 in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30.
The Himes campaign reported spending $174,000 on operating costs in the last quarter and another $400,000 in contributions to more than 70 Democratic U.S. House candidates. It also made a $250,000 payment to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Following a national trend, voter registration continues to soar in Connecticut, especially among young people, who traditionally have weak participation in elections.
According to data from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election through the end of September, 103,436 new voters registered as Democrats, compared to 53,371 who registered as Republicans. But many more Connecticut residents — 168,090 — registered as unaffiliated voters.
Although voter registration in Connecticut has surged for all age groups, the biggest increase is among young voters, aged 18 to 25.
In the last midterm cycle, as of Oct. 10, 2014, only 7,960 Connecticut residents in that age bracket had registered to vote. As of Oct. 10 of this year, 51,659 young voters had registered.
More than 100 persons today attended an economic-oriented debate organized by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce involving four state legislative candidates at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. The topics mainly focused on transportation, infrastructure, and the pension and deficits economic challenges. Among the four candidates, the only two opposing each other were in the 136th Assembly District—Westport residents Republican challenger Greg Kraut and Democrat incumbent Jonathan Steinberg. They repeatedly engaged in a contentious back and forth, each accusing the other of not being truthful in their campaign rhetoric. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday hosts a candidate debate for State Senate and House of Representatives.
The discussion about business issues will take place at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Westport candidates attending are Will Haskell, Democratic challenger for the Senate 26th District, Greg Kraut, Republican challenger for House 136th, Gail Lavielle, Republican incumbent for House 143rd, and Jonathan Steinberg, Democratic incumbent for House 136th.
The session will be moderated by Alternative Disputes Resolution Attorney Jay Sandak, from the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak and Hennessey.
More than 80 demonstrators gathered on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today to urge rejection of Republican incumbents in the November mid-term elections following the Kavanaugh vote. WestportNow.com video by J.C. Martin
Passersby indicate their approval and support of demonstrators today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. The protest following the Kavanaugh Supreme Court approval. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election are now available at her office. (Closed Monday for Columbus Day) Applications can be requested in person, by calling (203) 341-1110, or downloading a form online HERE. Deputy Town Clerk Ruth Cavayero (above) said 432 absentee ballots have been distributed as of today. “It was more brisk than usual for similar types of elections,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com