Jennifer Johnson was among the early voters casting ballots Tuesday morning at the Westport Library, where the District 9 polls were moved for this year's election.

"This is an exciting time for the town with all the new projects, like the Levitt Pavilion," Johnson said, pointing to construction work in an area behind the library where a new entertainment pavilion is being built. Having a contest for first selectman at the top of the ballot should add to the numbers of residents going to the polls, added Johnson, who was accompanied by her two young daughters, Simone and Eliza Barr.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff had decided not to seek re-election this year, opening the door for Democrat Helen Garten and Republican Jim Marpe to challenge each other for the town's top job.

Ryan Golembeski, 33, cast his vote along with a number of relatives, including his parents. "I came down to exercise my right to vote," he said. Melissa Cahn agreed. "I vote in every election," said Cahn, accompanied by her two young sons, Jasper, 9, and Miles, 7. "I'm all about local politics."

By 5 p.m., 5,657 of the town's nearly 17,000 eligible voters had cast ballots, according to the Kevin White, Registrar of Voters.

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Number of votes cast as of 5 p.m. Tuesday
Total: 5,657
District 1: 611
District 2: 682
District 3: 630
District 4: 595
District 5: 626
District 6: 651
District 7: 657
District 8: 617
District 9: 588

Democratic Registrar of Voters Marla Cowen said her office is predicting a 40 percent turnout in this municipal election.

Elliott Netherton, moderator for the town election -- who was at the polling station at Coleytown Middle School when voting began at 6 a.m. -- also predicted there is likely to be a good voter turnout.

"There must have been about a dozen people here waiting at 6 o'clock, so that was an unusually large number," Netherton said. "They're anxious to vote."

Early-bird voters were already waiting in line to cast ballots when the polls opened in the town's nine voting districts.

Anish Shah was one of the first voters at the Coleytown polls, accompanied by his 11-year-old daughter Kayla. "Voting is our civic duty and starting at a young age is important," he said.

Polls across town opened at 6 a.m., and voting will continue until 8 p.m.

The full ballot that voters will find at the polls today in Westport can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1b1jQPj