Voter turnout for the New York state primary on Tuesday is expected to be higher than usual.
As of 5 p.m., 23 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans had voted. That’s on par with 2008 for Democrats – the last time they had a contested primary – and higher for Republicans.
At 8 p.m., polls reported a turnout of 37 percent for the Democrats, which was slightly below 2008’s 40 percent. GOP voters had a 40 percent turnout, which was nearly double the 26 percent turnout in 2008.
The Brighton Town Hall is generally one of the busiest polling locations around the county, and Tuesday was no different.
There have been lines of people coming in to vote, though wait times haven’t been overwhelming.
Board of Elections data showed the number of newly registered voters was above average for both Democrats and Republicans this year here in Brighton.
Polling site volunteers tell us there was a rush of voters coming in around noon when the polls first opened, then a slight lull in the early afternoon. Since 4 p.m. lines have formed, likely due to people leaving work.
Those who are voting in the New York primary say it’s an exciting time to be part of the election process, with all the buzz surrounding the competition in both primaries.
“It’s nice to see New York finally having some say in the Presidential Election,” said Brighton voter John Costello. “So yeah, I’m really happy to be able to vote today and have it count.”
Polls are open until 9 p.m. tonight. Anyone in line before 9 will not be turned away, and will be able to cast their ballot.