Local voter turnout up in 2018 midterm elections
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Election Day 2018 might earn a spot in the history books for voter turnout, that's according to new reports.
Election officials in Chemung County say, this year's voter turnout was much higher than what's typical for a midterm election.
"We basically had a 60 percent turnout of voters and in 2014 we had a 42 percent turnout, so definitely much bigger turnout," says Cindy Emmer, Democratic Elections Commissioner for Chemung County Board of Elections.
Officials in Steuben county say their voter turn out was 57 percent. According to the New York Times, approximately 114 million votes were cast in U.S. House races in 2018, compared to 83 million back in 2014. Officials in Chemung say this year's midterm elections were almost as busy as a presidential election. The voter turnout for the presidential election in Steuben county was only 11 percent higher than the midterms, with a 68 percent turnout. Although, the midterm elections are over with, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done between now until the end of November.
"Today, we of course are getting the machines back from the polling sites and the poll books are starting to be scanned. So that when we do the absentee ballots, if someone had an absentee ballot and ended up voting at the polls, we can screen that out so the person doesn't vote twice," says Emmer.
Emmer says there is also 2,000 paper ballots that still need to be counted.