Special Election in 145th Assembly District

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) Voters in the 145th New York State Assembly District are going to the polls today to elect a new State Assemblyman.

Mark Schroeder previously held the seat, but this past November, he was elected City of Buffalo Comptroller.

Two candidates are hoping to win Tuesday's election; Buffalo Common Council Member Mickey Kearns, and Chris Fahey, a former top assistant to Congressman Brian Higgins.

According to the Erie County Board of Elections, voter turnout during special elections is always light - around 10%.

But this year, extremely good weather could raise those numbers.

"It does factor," says Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr.

"I think we will probably see a slight increase in the turnout."

Polling stations in South Buffalo reported seeing the most activity, while other areas in the city, as well as in the South Town's, were seeing fairly low voter turnout.

Polls close at 9pm.