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Westport voters talk election

Roger Adams of Westport casts his vote on Nov. 6 for the candidates of his choice. Adams was one of the first to vote at the Westport polling site.

Roger Adams of Westport casts his vote on Nov. 6 for the candidates of his choice. Adams was one of the first to vote at the Westport polling site. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 6. At the Town offices in Westport four people were already there waiting to cast their vote for their candidates.

Sheila Borden, the Westport Town Clerk, came early to open up the building and was the first one to cast her vote for the presidential and local election at the polling station.

“I was honored to be the first person to vote, it’s good to see a lot of people taking the election seriously and getting out the door early to give support to their candidate,” Borden said.

Many of the people interviewed said they voted by their party all the way through the ballot. Even third party voters.

“I am a conservative, so I need to vote on my platform, even if there aren’t that many of us in this area, by voting I’m letting people know there are some of us out here,” Stephen McDonald said.

Though there were no candidates running exclusively on the Conservative ballot, McDonald said the Republican candidates were endorsed by the conservative party and believed the parties shared common values.

Though Democratic voters are lower in the Northern part of the state than statewide, Jennifer Moore said she chose to vote to reelect Obama based on the core values he represents such as his concern for foreign policy, his plan for economic recovery and social issues.

“I think he has the greater good in mind based on my own personal beliefs,” Moore said.

Some voters, who had previously voted against their party by voting for Obama in the 2008 election, voted against the incumbent for change.

“I’m voting for the economy, we have to vote for someone who believes in small businesses and put us on the right track,” Ofa Vaiciulis said. “I think Romney’s plan could be the answer.”

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