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Early voting goes smoothly, election officials report

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Updated: Oct. 29, 2019 at 1:36 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Election officials in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties report early voting to be going smoothly.

This is the first year New York has offered early voting, which started Saturday.

Within the first three days, Lewis County had 111 voters.

Jefferson County had 243 voters and St. Lawrence county saw 207 voters.

St. Lawrence County Republican Elections Commissioner Tom Nichols says it has just been a "recycling of voters" with no additional turnout.

Although Jefferson County Republican Elections Commissioner Jude Seymour agrees that people who would normally vote on Election Day are utilizing the extra voting time, his research shows a number of new voters.

"I like to look at people who have voted in off-year elections, so the 2017 general election, 2015, 2013, 2011, you can call them odd year or whatever; 39 people have come out during early voting that have never voted in any of those four previous elections," said Seymour.

Early voting continues until November 3. Election Day is November 5.

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