MAYVILLE – The 2012 village elections are taking place throughout Chautauqua County today, with 13 of the county’s 15 villages holding elections. According to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, the two villages without March election contests will be Fredonia and Celoron. There are no expiring terms in Fredonia and Celoron moved its elections to November to eliminate village election expenses.
The Board of Elections will act as the chief election officials for all villages this year except Sinclairville and Cassadaga. These two villages are continuing to use their respective village clerks as the chief village election officer and will be counting votes by hand. All other villages will vote on the county owned optical scan paper ballot system.
Villages with contested races include Brocton, Cherry Creek, Forestville, Lakewood, Mayville, Silver Creek and Westfield.
Villages with uncontested ballots include Bemus Point, Cassadaga, Falconer, Panama, Sherman and Sinclairville.
Village elections will be held at their normal November poll site for village voters who have an election, except the Bemus Point elections will be held at Bemus Point Village Hall.
All village poll sites will be open today from Noon until 9 p.m.