Special to the OBSERVER
MAYVILLE - All Chautauqua County poll sites will be open today from noon to 9 p.m. for Democratic and Republican primary elections, according to county Election Commissioners Brian Abram and Norman Green.
In the Village of Fredonia, voters will be voting at the Wheelock School, 75 Chestnut St.
Town of Charlotte voters will be casting ballots at the Sinclairville Fire Station, 30 Main St.
College Ward 1 voters from election districts 2, 3 and 4 living in the east side of the City of Jamestown have seen a poll site change this year and are now voting at IBEW Local 106 Union Hall, which is located across from the Jamestown Community College parking lot at 322 James Ave.
Erie County voters start casting ballots at 6 a.m. pursuant to New York State election law. Buffalo media often make erroneous reports by grouping all western New York voting times into one "polls open now" news stories.
Republican voters in the county will join the rest of New York in deciding the GOP nominee for a November faceoff against incumbent Democratic United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an attorney from the Albany area.
The Republican lineup includes conservative activist Wendy Long, a New York City attorney; Bob Turner, a current member of the House of Representatives and former television executive from New York City; and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos of Long Island.
Democratic voters in the county will have the opportunity to choose from three candidates to represent the party as the November candidate for the New York 23rd Congressional District. The candidates are Nate Shinagawa, a hospital administrator from Ithaca; Leslie Danks Burke, an attorney from Ithaca; and Melissa Dobson, an attorney from Owego. The winner of the Democratic primary election will face off against current Congressman Tom Reed, an attorney from Corning, whose southern tier district was re-drawn to now include Chautauqua County.
Voter's may determine their eligibility to vote today and poll site location by visiting www.votechautauqua.com or by calling the Board of Elections at 363-4580, 661-7580 or 753-4580. County election results will also be available at www.votechautauqua.com