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OBSERVER Photo by MJ STAFFORD Pictured on Friday is the 4-H Building at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, one of the early voting sites for this year’s primary.

MAYVILLE – Low turnout is reported so far in early voting for the Chautauqua County primary election.

“There was a grand total of 243 voters out of a potential of 7,757 registered”, Republican County Elections Commissioner Brian Abram said minutes after noon. He said of the voting process: “We had no problem. Everything went well.

Early voting, which began June 12, continues through Sunday.

Ballots can be dropped off at two locations: the Mayville Council of Elections offices at 7 N. Erie St. and the County Fairgrounds 4-H Building at 1089 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Voting hours this weekend are noon to 5 p.m.

Abram said 221 of the 243 votes cast Friday at noon in contests for the election day ballot lines were cast on the Fairgrounds site. Is equivalent to “30 or 40 votes per day” in early voting.

The full primary election will take place Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The only primary race in the city of Dunkirk pits the incumbent Don Williams Jr. against Natalie Luczkowiak for the Democratic nomination to the seat of the common council of the first district. Fredonia and Pomfret’s only run is for the Democratic line in the County Legislature’s District 4 vote, with incumbent Christine Starks facing a challenge from Susan Parker.

Other primary in Chautauqua County include a four-way race of two Republican nominations for two seats on Ripley City Council. The nominees are Donald Henry, Keith Potter, Julie Rice and Carolyn Torrance. Additionally, Republicans in County 18 Legislative District, which includes Mina and Sherman, decide between Martin Proctor and Bill Ward.

Additionally, Republicans in the town of Arkwright are deciding who to nominate for the superintendent of highways, with Lisa Waldron and James Ziemba in contention. Finally, Russell Payne and Laura Smith fight over the Republican nod for Carroll Town supervisor.

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