Big numbers at our polls

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election.

According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, this number (for Chautauqua County) will most likely approach 60 percent,” Norman P. Green, Chautauqua County Board of Elections Democratic commissioner, told OBSERVER staff writer Mary Heyl.

Green anticipated that 52 percent showed up at the polls statewide. While state and local races played a part, it is more likely the national scene got people out on Tuesday.

Whatever the reason, that is a good thing.

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