Election Day is finally here. Voters are expected to turn out in record numbers for what many are calling the most important presidential election in generals. At center stage is President Barack Obama, who is seeking a second term in the nation’s highest office, and Republican and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
All sides are awaiting, in particular, a verdict from the nine battleground states whose votes will determine which man can piece together the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.
Meanwhile, there are also four other people running for president who’s names will appear on the local ballots. Candidate Jill Stein is running for the Green Party, Peta Lindsay is running for the Socialism and Lib party, Gary Johnson is running on the Libertarian ticket and Virgil Goode is running for the constitution party.
This year, there are 78,167 eligible voters in Chautauqua County. Of that total, 29,731 are Democrats, 26,119 are Republicans, and 24,844 are other affiliations or non-affiliated voters.
The 2008 Presidential election cycle saw 60,087 voters turn out in Chautauqua County and 2004 found 61,243 voters. That means it was nearly a 70-percent eligible turn out of Chautauqua County electors for each of the past two presidential races. That same number is expected this year.