Big early voting numbers continue in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2020 at 12:22 pm

ALBION – Orleans County saw a big increase in early voting this past weekend on the first two days that people had a chance to cast ballots in person. The pace didn’t slow down on Monday and Tuesday.

There were 476 early voters on Monday, followed by 530 on Tuesday.

There were nearly 700 over the weekend, with 364 on Saturday, followed by 332 on Sunday.

That means 1,702 people have already voted in person out of about 23,000 registered voters in the county or about 7.4 percent.

The county has already far exceeded the number of early voters in the 2019 general election when only 374 people used the option over nine days. That was the first time people could do early voting in person in Orleans County.

Early voting continues until Nov. 1 at the Board of Elections at the Orleans County Administration Building on Route 31. The hours include:

• Today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Oct. 29-30 (Thursday and Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The county has also seen a big increase in requests for absentee ballots. That deadline has passed.

There were 2,885 applications for absentee ballots, which was up from the 952 received in 2016 during the last Presidential election.

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