JAMESTOWN — Nearly 50,000 people statewide cast their ballots during New York’s first weekend of early voting, more than 1,000 of them right here in Chautauqua County.
In Chautauqua County, voters can cast their ballot early at the Board of Election Offices in Mayville, the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds 4-H Building in Dunkirk or the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
Poll sites are open on Tuesday, October 29 from noon until 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from noon until 5 p.m.
Election officials say those who cast a ballot during the early voting period will be ineligible to cast a ballot on Election Day.
According to state Board of Elections data, most counties reported a decrease in ballots from Saturday to Sunday.
Board of Elections officials expect voter turnout to increase next year once residents are more familiar with the early voting process.
New York’s early voting period will last until Nov. 3. Election Day is scheduled for Nov. 5.
For more information on early voting, visit VoteChautauqua.com or call the Chautauqua County Board of Elections at (716) 753-4580.
In Cattaraugus County, residents can vote early at two early voting sites: Cattaraugus County Board of Elections in Little Valley and the Jamestown Community College Olean Campus.
More details for Cattaraugus County residents are available on the county’s Board of Elections website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.