A crisp spring day and an unusual interest in two referendum questions brought a steady stream of voters to Samuel Staples Elementary School shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m.

One of the much debated items will determine whether or not to join the Westport Weston Health District. The second referendum will measure but not decide whether residents support the construction of a multi-use pathway connecting Helen Keller Middle School with the Easton Village Store and Silverman’s Farm.

“Referendums used to be so blah, but not this time,” said Democratic Registrar of Voters David Smith, who was greeting voters all morning. As a result, he said the turn out as of noontime had been fairly busy. “It used to be that we had heavy traffic early in the morning, but Covid changed all that. It was active this morning, but we’ll see what the next hours will bring,” he said.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Republican Registrar of Voters Dori Wollen said that she found it “hard to gauge turnout,” but Democratic Deputy Registrar of Voters Jim Bromer described the turnout as “steady,” and “heavier than [he] thought it would be.”

As usual, there were people stopping by the tents representing the Easton Republican and Democratic parties, as well as a tent set up by members of the group Citizens for Responsible Government.

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m.

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