MAYVILLE – The complex nature of Tuesday’s Gubernatorial Primary Election in New York State is leaving some voters with more questions than answers.
Since polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning, so far low voter turn is reported at many locations across Chautauqua County.
Officials with the local Board of Election office tell us there are several factors why some voters might be confused as to whether they are eligible to take part today.
Originally, the Congressional Primary Election was slated to take place alongside the Gubernatorial Primary today, however, a court order moved the vote to August in order to give an independent expert time to properly redistrict the Congressional Maps that were found to be gerrymandered by the statehouse.
Also, a special election will take place in August to fill the seat of former Congressman Tom Reed, who resigned from New York’s 23rd Congressional Seat in May.
These changes are prompting questions from prospective voters, according to the Chautauqua County Board of Election Commissioner Luz Torres.
“I’m still getting questions also, regarding, ‘Is there going to be an August 23, special election?, and, “Are we going to have early voting?’, I also have that,” explained Torres.
Nevertheless, voters will determine who represents the Democrat and Republican parties in this fall’s full election for Governor. Polls are open until 9 p.m. tonight across the state.