Voting 101 in Chautauqua County for the Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 Primary Election

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Chautauqua County Board of Elections

Chautauqua County Poll Sites Open Noon to 9 p.m.

Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram announce that all county Democratic, Conservative and Reform Parties’ registered voters will be eligible to vote in the upcoming Thursday September 13th Primary Elections. Additionally, Independence Voters in Ripley and Portland will be voting to decide a Town Justice candidate. Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members.

Why is the Primary on a Thursday? This year, the state’s primary normally would fall on Tuesday Sept. 11th. But with that date being the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, state lawmakers decided to move the primary back two days.

What Parties Will Be Hosting Primary Elections?

  • DEMOCRATIC REGISTERED VOTERS will be deciding between Cynthia E Nixon and Andrew M Cuomo for Governor; Kathy C Hochul and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor; Sean Patrick Maloney, Letitia A James, Leecia R Eve, and Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General.
  • REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS IN BUSTI (ELECTION DISTRICT 3 VOTERS ONLY) will choose between Randall G Holcomb, Susan F Drago and Douglas L Schutte as to which of the two will represent them as party members for that election district on the GOP County Committee.
  • CONSERVATIVE REGISTERED VOTERS will be picking that party’s candidate for Sheriff choosing between Joseph A Gerace, James B Quattrone. Also, Ripley Conservative voters will pick between John P Hamels and Lawrence M Freligh for that town’s Conservative candidate.
  • INDEPENDENCE VOTERS IN PORTLAND AND RIPLEY will be deciding between Daniel R Thompson, Michelle L Patterson, Thomas S DeJoe for which two will be the Independence Party candidates for two open seats in November. In Ripley, Hamels and Freligh will again face off, but this time on the Independence line.
  • REFORM PARTY is showcasing an Attorney General nomination runoff between Nancy B Sliwa, Mike Diederich and Christopher B Garvey. None of the three candidates are cross endorsed and only the winner will move on to the November ballot. In a party rule oddity, any voter not affiliated with one of the state’s other seven major parties may vote to decide the Reform Party candidate.

Hours to Vote? Polls are open Noon to 9 p.m. The busiest times to avoid will be Noon to 1 p.m. and in the evening during the dinner hour. All county poll sites will be open. Voters who have not moved will vote at the same site as last year.

Eligibility to Vote: Any Chautauqua County citizen at least age 18 at the date of the primary election who has registered for one of the voting groups mentioned above is eligible to vote.

How to determine where to vote and voter affiliation? Visit and click on “Personal Voter Lookup” to access the voter’s current voting record or call the Board of Elections at 753-4580.

How to see a sample of the ballot? Visit and click on “Sample Ballots” to view the Election Day ballot. Additionally, links to the websites for all candidates except the Reform Party is available from the county election website.

Moved? Any voter eligible to vote in the primary who has moved within the county and who has failed to notify the Board of Elections must go to their new polling place and fill out a provisional affidavit ballot that will be counted along with the absentees, once the voter is proven to be eligible.

Where to see election results? will have live county election night results starting at 9 p.m. Statewide results will be available at