BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Nearly 75 percent more Allegany County, NY, Democrats than the proportion of those on the registration rolls participated in early voting over the weekend, while those who are unaffiliated, generally termed independents, and minor parties dropped by more than 45 percent.
Republicans, who cast the most votes and have the highest county enrollment, remained close to their proportion.
The Allegany County Board of Elections tells Allegany Hope Community News that 389 individuals cast votes at its offices at Belmont and village offices at Wellsville Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of a nine-day early voting period for the 2022 General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8.
Of the total, 137 or 35.22 percent were Democrats, 193 or 49.61 percent Republicans, four Conservatives or 1.03 percent, 1 Working Families or .26 percent, and 54 unenrolled or minor parties at 13.88 percent.
This compares with 20.65 percent Democrats, 51.13 percent Republicans, 1.81 percent Conservatives, .51 percent Working Families, and 25.90 percent unenrolled and minor party registrants in the county.
Election officials report that the 389 votes cast is only 40 percent of the total during the first two days of early voting in the 2020 Presidential Election, but more than five times that of last year when there primarily were local government races.
Early voting is being held at different times at the two locations through Sunday, with information included in our Community Calendar of Events on this new Allegany Hope website.
Voting this year will include statewide races for U.S. Senate, governor, attorney general and comptroller, State Senate and Assembly, State Supreme Court justices, Congress, and some local government contests, including nine in eight Allegany towns which will be decided by write-ins due to no designated party candidates for the positions.
Voters also will cast ballots for approval of $4.2 billion in Environmental Bond Act borrowings.
Sample ballots, along with further information on early voting and in-person and other absentee voting, casting correct write-in votes, November 8 polling place locations and other Allegany County voter information, is available at https://bit.ly/2WPlOWw.
Local polling places will be open from 6AM to 9PM on Tuesday, November 8.
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