More than 96,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Erie County

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ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands came out for the second day of early voting with 13,000 voters in Erie County casting their ballot Sunday.

That brings the two-day total to over 28,000 votes, more than what we saw through all the early voting last year.

While this enthusiasm is causing long lines at the polls, voters say they don’t mind the wait.

“Even though the lines are long, I’m afraid that if I wait until voting day they’ll even be twice as long. Because theirs such a big turnout for voting that’s really important, so I thought I’d rather wait now than November 3,” said Colleen Lokken.

“It’s great to see the people out and the turnout, it’s what we need,” said voter Jerry Tiedemann.

Nearly 15,000 people in Erie County alone cast a ballot for the first day of early voting.

The deadline to postmark an absentee ballot application or apply for one through the Erie County Board of Elections’ online portal is October 27. Anyone with questions can call (716) 858-8891.

As of Sunday, 96,453 voters in Erie County had requested absentee ballots by mail or through the portal. More than 59,000 have been returned.

The Town of Tonawanda says that due to high foot traffic in the Municipal Building, anyone doing business during voting hours is encouraged to use the mail or drop box.

Polling location times vary county by county which are listed below:


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