Low Turnout Reported in Genesee County for Early Voting

Early voting for June 28 Republican and Democratic primaries for governor and Democratic primary for lieutenant governor brought 39 people in total in Genesee County polls.

Richard Siebert, Republican Commissioner, remarked that Saturday’s turnout at the Arc building on Woodrow Road was 23 GOP and Democratic voters. 16 more came to the polls on Sunday, Father’s Day.

Primaries have a lesser turnout than the general election, and the Board of Elections is unsure of what will happen, remarked Lorie Longhany, Democratic Election Commissioner. 

Longhany said there were always two coordinators at the polling place for early voting, one Republican and one Democratic.

“We would rather be overstaffed than understaffed,” she said.

One has to be at least 17 years old to be a poll worker, registered voter, and resident of Genesee County. 

“Due to several reasons, including in-person early voting, the COVID pandemic, poll workers who have retired, etc. Genesee County needs new poll workers to help set up polling places and welcome and check-in voters,” said Longhany.

People interested in being poll workers can contact the Genesee County Board of Elections at (585) 815-7804 or email www.election.co.genesee.ny.us