Polls open in Weston today for US Senate primaries

Polls are open at Weston Intermediate School today.

Polls are open at Weston Intermediate School today. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

The Democrats and Republicans are both holding primaries in Connecticut today, Tuesday, Aug. 14, to decide who will be each  party’s choice for the U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in November.

In Weston, the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, at Weston Intermediate School. The usual polling place at Weston Middle School is not available due to construction.

Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote in their respective primary elections.

Four candidates are looking to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Independent Joseph Lieberman, who is not running for re-election.

The Democrats have endorsed Chris Murphy,  the U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District. He is being challenged by Susan Bysiewicz, former secretary of the state.

The Republicans have endorsed Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment based in Stamford. She is being challenged by the former congressman from the 4th District, Christopher Shays.

Weston has just over 2,130 registered Democrats and just over 1,930 registered Republicans, all of whom are eligible to vote in one of today’s primaries.

Identification or a signed affidavit is required at the polls. Voters must be at least 18 years old or turning 18 on or before the general election Nov. 6.

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said, “I’d like people to remember it’s their right and their responsibility to come out and vote. I hope that regardless of political affiliation they will do so.”

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