Westporters flocked to the polls Tuesday, a sign that overall local turnout for the presidential and legislative races on the ballot would be high.

By 5 p.m., 10,714 votes had been cast, including absentee ballots, out of 18,181 total registered, according to the registrars of voters.

The estimate by evening is that by the time polls close, about 93 percent of the town's electorate would vote, according to Democratic Registrar Marla Cowden.

The would be the highest percentage turnout since the 1988 presidential election.

"It's very busy," Republican Registrar of Voters Bob Lasprogato had said earlier in the day. "If this keeps up, we're projecting a 91 percent turnout rate."

The overall turnout in the 2008 presidential election was 86 percent.

No problems were reported at any of the local polls by midday, according to the Town Clerk's Office.

The headline race between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, appears to have drawn many residents to the polls.

Dennis Gibson, 69, a salesman, cast a straight Republican ballot.

"I think it's time we make a change," he said.

Erno de Bruijn, 50, an executive at a Bethany-based tile and stone installation system company, favored Obama -- the first time he had voted in a presidential election.

"He was the reason I became a citizen," de Bruijn said of Obama. "He knows how to put this country in the right perspective in the world."

- For complete Westport election results, check www.westport-news.com and Friday's edition of the Westport News.