MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections today certified all election results for the Nov. 5 General Election and has posted the results to www.votechautauqua.com. The local certification is a full eight days earlier than required by New York State law and is the earliest certification in the history of the county board.
Absentee and affidavit ballots were counted this week for all races and added to the election totals for the final certified result. A final total of 26,929 voters cast ballots in Chautauqua County out of a total of 77,432 active registered county voters for a 35 percent final voter turnout for the 2013 election.
Of the vote total, 1,278 voters (5 percent) cast ballots by mail using absentee ballots. To vote by absentee, a voter must be out of the county on Election Day, physically unable to go to the polls, be a care giver for someone who is physically unable to go to the polls, or be an Election Day worker for the Board of Elections and assigned away from the worker’s home poll site.
In addition to the absentees, 170 voters cast provisional affidavit ballots, of which all but 38 were counted and added to the final 26,929 vote total.