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Early Voting For Primaries Brings Few To Polls

Pictured Friday is the 4-H Building at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, one of the sites for early voting in this year’s primary. Photo by M.J. Stafford

MAYVILLE — Light turnout is being reported thus far in early voting for the Chautauqua County primary elections.

“There’s been a grand total of 243 voters out of a potential 7,757 registered,” said Brian Abram, the Republican county elections commissioner, a few minutes after noon. He said of the voting process: “We’ve had no issues. It’s been smooth.”

Early voting, which began June 12, runs through Sunday.

Ballots can be cast at two sites: the Board of Elections offices in Mayville at 7 N. Erie St. and the County Fairgrounds 4-H Building at 1089 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Times for voting this weekend are from noon to 5 p.m.

Abram said 221 of the 243 votes recorded by noontime Friday in the contests for Election Day ballot lines were cast at the Fairgrounds site. That amounts to “30 or 40 votes a day” in the early voting.

The full primary election will be Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The lone primary race in the city of Dunkirk pits incumbent Don Williams Jr. against Natalie Luczkowiak for the Democratic nomination for the First Ward Common Council seat. Fredonia and Pomfret’s only race is for the Democrat line in the County Legislature District 4 vote, with incumbent Christine Starks facing a challenge from Susan Parker.

Other primaries in Chautauqua County include a four-way race over two Republican nominations for two Ripley Town Council seats. The candidates are Donald Henry, Keith Potter, Julie Rice and Carolyn Torrance. Also, the Republicans in County Legislature District 18, which includes Mina and Sherman, are deciding among Martin Proctor and Bill Ward.

In addition, the Republicans in the town of Arkwright are deciding who to nominate for the highway superintendent post, with Lisa Waldron and James Ziemba in the running. Finally, Russell Payne and Laura Smith are competing over the Republican nod for Carroll Town supervisor.

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