MAYVILLE – Election Commissioners in Chautauqua County say early voting is booming, with thousands of people already casting their ballots in just the past few days.
In an update to the media, Commissioners Norm Green and Brian Abram report that nearly one quarter of the number of expected voters the fall election have already cast their ballot.
They cite easier access to voting as one of the main reasons for the increased turnout this year.
“Our three early voting poll sites have been extremely busy,” said Green. “Early voting is an extension of Election Day.”
Early voting is available at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, County Fairground in Dunkirk, and at the Board of Elections office in Mayville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Absentee voting has also decreased since early voting started, with the Board of Elections receiving over 11,000 applications so far. Starting today, those looking to apply for an absentee ballot now have to do so by an “agent,” neighbor or friend to the Board of Elections office in Mayville.
All polling sites will be open next Tuesday, Election Day, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Out of concern for the COVID-19 sensitive population at the Steger Apartments in Dunkirk, voters in the city’s first district, first and fourth ward, will now be voting at the Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Drive East on Election Day.
Election Commissioner Green says all voters impacted are being mailed a notice of the poll site change and signage will be placed at the Steger Apartments directing voters on Election Day.