Early voting for special Congressional election starts Saturday in Belmont and Wellsville

Early voting for a Special Congressional Election, which includes Allegany and New York Southern Tier counties, along with a Republican Primary for a full-term of the same position, will start Saturday in Belmont and Wellsville.

The Allegany County Board of Elections will conduct the nine days of early balloting from Saturday, August 13, through Sunday, August 21, at its offices at 8 Willets Avenue, Belmont, and at the Wellsville Village Offices at 23 North Main Street.

Regular voting will be held from 6AM to 9PM Tuesday, August 23, at local polling places throughout the county.

The special election for all voters is to fill the remainder of the Congressional District seat through the end of the year which had been held by Congressman Tom Reed prior to his resignation.

A second set of balloting at the same time will be restricted to Republicans seeking to choose a party candidate for the same position for a full two-year term, to be selected by all voters in the November general election.

The polling for Congress didn’t occur in June, as with other statewide offices, due to a court battle over establishment of new districts.

The special election pits Republican Joe Sempolinski, who is not seeking a full term in November, versus Max Della Pia, who is running both to fill the vacancy through the end of the year and the full-term, starting in January.

In the meantime, Nick Langworthy and Carl Paladino are seeking the Republican nomination this month to run against Della Pia in November.

There are some variations between early voting times at the two county locations, with Belmont holding evening hours twice next week.

A full calendar for early elections accompanies this story.

Further information, including absentee voting, is available from the Board of Elections at https://bit.ly/2WPlOWw, acboe@alleganyco.gov or (585) 268-9295.