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MAYVILLE – Preparations are underway as officials in Chautauqua County get ready for Election Day.
Chautauqua County’s Republican Election Commissioner Brian Abram says his staff is out making sure the 49 polling sites countywide are ready to go. Crews are double checking voting machines, making sure they are plugged in, connected, and secured.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. Tuesday. Abram reminds voters that the busiest time of day will likely be around the lunch and dinner hours.
As for those looking to determine where they can vote, he recommends logging on to VoteChautauqua.com and click on the “check status” tab. A sample ballot is also posted so constituents can be informed before they enter the voting booth.
The Board of Elections reports 3,276 voters cast their ballots during the nine-day early voting period, with the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds the most popular site.
Abram says he is happy with the turnout, all things considered.
“We can only compare it to 2019 where we had 3,827,” explained Abram. “It’s right in the range where we expected, a little lighter, in general the weather didn’t do us any favors, and again, it is a local year and hard to get the people motivated.”
As for absentee ballots, voters have until Tuesday night to drop off their ballot at one of the many poll sites countywide, the Board of Elections Office in Mayville, or drop the ballot in the mail.
So far, the commissioner says 1,200 have been collected with over 1,300 to 1,500 expected to come back.
WNY News Now will carry live results and, in the field coverage, starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at WNYNewsNow.com, our Facebook page, and Channel 716 on Roku.
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