Polls are open at Weston Middle School

It’s Election Day across the country and polls are open at Weston Middle School until 8 p.m.

On the ballot are choices for President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, state Senator, state  Representative, and approval of a revision to the Weston Town Charter.

Weston is divided into two districts: District 1 includes mainly the east side of town and includes state Senate District 28, currently represented by John McKinney. District 2, manily the west side of town, includes state Senate District 26, currently represented by Toni Boucher. Voters from both districts vote at the middle school.

Weston’s registrars of voters were preparing yesterday for a large turnout of Weston’s 6,790 registered voters. Of those (as of Monday), 2,300 are Democrats and 2,003 are Republicans. Unaffiliated voters outnumber both major parties with 2,455. There are also 32 voters registered with other parties such as Green or Working Families.

As of Monday at about noon, Weston Town Clerk Donna Anastasia reported that more than 800 absentee ballots had already been returned. That number is slightly higher than the last presidential Election, she said.

Susan Moran, Republican registrar, and Laura Smits, Democratic registrar, agreed that while Sandy’s after-effects made preparing for the election a bit more stressful, “every presidential election is a little crazy.”

The biggest potential problem they foresaw was going to be staffing the polls since so many people are either dealing with power outages at home or have left town because of the storm damage, and staffing requirements are slightly higher for a presidential election because voter turnout is usually higher.

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