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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Around 6,000 people are expected to cast their ballot early in Chautauqua County this year as part of early voting; which continues through Sunday.
In total, around 50 percent of voters are expected to turn out to cast their ballot. However, with big races, like the one for New York Governor heating up, overall turn out could increase.
The Chautauqua County Board of Elections reports as of Friday morning, over 4,700 people voted early since the process kicked off last weekend.
Furthermore, over 2,000 absentee ballots have returned with around 1,000 still to be mailed or hand delivered to an election site, drop box or the Board of Election’s Office.
Early votes count the same as an Election Day vote and generally takes less than ten minutes of your time.
This fairly way to cast your ballot now comes full circle for our local election leaders, Luz Torrez and Brian Abram.
“They’ve been pretty steady, people are coming in and out off all of our poll sites, even here at the Board of Elections,” explained Democratic Commissioner Torrez.
“It’s good numbers, we looked at the off years, and they’re low, the Presidential year was off the charts, this is the first time for the Gubernatorial year, so this is our benchmark,” continued Abram, the Republican Commissioner.
Early voters can visit the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, the Chautauqua Mall, the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Board of Elections office on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to cast their ballot.
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