JAMESTOWN – Nearly 15,000 people have cast their ballots during the first hours of the Election Day in Chautauqua County.
The local Board of Election reports 15,471 people have turned out to vote before noon, with 14,990 regular ballots accepted. Of the votes, 275 ballots are considered “spoiled” and 211 were via affidavit.
So far today, most of the votes have been cast by people 65 and older, with 6,168 ballots logged.
Of those ages 50 to 64, 4,618 voters have turned out, with 2,799 people ages 35 to 49 and 1,888 ages 18 to 34 visiting the polls before noon.
As for party break down, so far today 46 percent of the votes cast are by registered Republicans, with registered Democrats casting 25 percent of the vote before noon today.
The remaining 29 percent of votes recorded were by those registered to minor parties or as an independent.
In early voting, 32 percent of people who participated were registered Republicans while 39 percent were registered Democrats.
The remaining 29 percent of votes cast during early voting last week were by those registered to minor parties or as an independent.
More than 14,000 ballots were tallied during early voting last week in Chautauqua County.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. tonight. To learn more about where your voting place is, visit VoteChautauqua.com.
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