Early voting surge continues with nearly 3,000 ballots already cast in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 1:22 pm

ALBION – The early voting numbers continue to far exceed the in-person ballots cast early a year ago.

Orleans County had 536 early voters on Wednesday and then 406 on Thursday. That followed the 476 early voters on Monday and 530 on Tuesday.

Early voting started last weekend and there were 364 on Saturday, followed by 332 on Sunday.

That puts the six-day total at 2,644 in-person votes before the Nov. 3 election. That represents 10.9 percent of 24,265 active registered voters in the county.

The 2,644 early voters far exceeds 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 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 with 2,885. That is up from the 952 received in 2016 during the last Presidential election.

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