Thousands come out as early voting starts in New York State

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ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Polling places around Western New York saw long lines as early voting started Saturday in New York State.

In Erie County alone, the Board of Elections reports nearly 15,000 people turned out for the first day of early voting.

That enthusiasm generated long lines at the polls with wait times varying depending on the place.

Derek Murphy with the Erie County Board of Elections says that’s more than four times the amount of people on the first day of early voting last year, but that’s keeping in mind that last year was not a presidential election.

Our crews stopped by several polling places in Erie and Niagara Counties, many with lines extending out of the building, down the street, and even wrapping around the block. Depending on what time people headed out, some were in line for a few hours, some 30 minutes, some 15 minutes.

“Because of the pandemic a lot of people, especially the elderly are afraid to come out, so it’s important that when we have the opportunity to take advantage of it because every vote counts. Regardless of what everybody might think. Every vote counts,” said voter Larry Harris.

All registered voters can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day at any open polling place in their county, regardless of address.

For a list of polling locations, click here and find your county.

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