MAYVILLE – Over 10,000 votes have been cast in Chautauqua County during early voting this week, which continues through the weekend.
Brian Abram, the Chautauqua County Republican Board of Election Commissioner, tells WNY News Now his office is seeing an extremely high turnout with steady voter volume everyday at early voting sites countywide.
He says there is an equal amount of people voting between the north county site at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds and south county site at the Chautauqua Mall. Voters can also vote early at the Board of Elections Office in Mayville.
Originally the local Board of Elections projected around 70 percent of registered voters casting their ballots overall, however with an increase in early voting this week, Abram says realistically around 75 percent of voters will likely participate.
“Election day is going to be busy, it is hard to project, but I think a lot of people like the tradition of going on election day, seeing the same people at the same place, doing their traditional thing,” explained Abram. “I expect a lot of people to fall to election day voting, too.”
As for Absentee ballots, Abram says his office has received around 9,000 ballots. Absentee ballots must be postmarked to the election’s office on or before election day, dropped off at any voting site, or the Board of Election’s Office in Mayville.
Early voting and election day totals will be tallied and reported after 9 p.m. on election night, with absentee ballots counted seven days after the election and added to election night data.
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