MAYVILLE – The voter turnout for the 2019 Primaries on Tuesday was better than the historical average. That’s according to Chautauqua County Election Commissioner Norm Green, who said turnout on Tuesday was twice as high as the board of elections will typically see during a primary.
A reason for the turnout was due in part to several high-profile Republican Party primaries for local office, along with the primary for the state seat vacated by Cathy Young.
In Chautauqua County, the primary election that saw the best turnout was in the Town of Carroll, where 37 percent of all registered Republicans came out to vote in the primary for Town Supervisor. Russell Payne ended up being the winner in that race.
Three Republican primaries saw turnouts of 26 percent. They were the race for Jamestown City Council Ward 2, the race for Kiantone Town Supervisor, and the Race for Chautauqua County Legislature District 18. The respective winners for those races were Tony Dolce, Joshua Ostrander, and Bill Ward.
The Jamestown Mayoral Republican Primary saw a turnout of 21 percent. David Wilfong was the winner.
And the turnout for the 57th senate district republican primary saw a turnout of 19 percent across the district, as well as 19 percent in Chautauqua county. George Borrello won that race.
The county Board of Elections will count absentee/affidavit results next Tuesday and certify all primary elections.
The only race it appears that could be impacted by an absentee/affidavit vote is the Independence Party primary in the town of Carroll for town clerk. Currently Susan Rowley leads the Independence Party primary over incumbent Tenneil Stelmack by a 20 to 19 vote. However, one absentee ballot was received for the primary.