Early voting kicks off across county

OBSERVER Staff Report

Registered voters in Chautauqua County can now vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites: at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood; county Fairground in Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections in Mayville.

The early voting period runs now through Sunday, Nov. 1 — two days before Election Day.

Hours for early voting vary by county. In Chautauqua County, voting is noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“Voters can look up personal voter registration information at votechautauqua.com. If a voter is not in the lookup system, is designated as an inactive voter, or has recently moved into the county; they can vote at any early voting site by affidavit ballot,” said Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green.

With a voter roll of about 80,000 voters, Chautauqua County is only required to have one early voting site. However, Green and Republican Election Commissioner Brian Abram determined last year that the county is best served with at least three early voting poll sites.

“Voting early is an extension of the Nov. 3 General Election and once an early vote is cast, the voter will not be allowed to vote again. An absentee voter however may go vote at the polls now or on Election Day if they choose and then the absentee will be set aside by county election officials and not counted,” Abram said.

Voters at all early and Election Day poll sites will be signed in to vote by way of an electronic poll book working much like a retail credit card terminal to capture signatures.

If voters choose to vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, all poll sites will be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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