Voters Head to Polls for Primary Election

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Primary Day has begun in New York State.

There are more than 300 polling places in Erie County alone.

One of the most heated races has been for the Democratic candidate for the Mayor of Buffalo.

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown is squaring off against challenger Bernie Tolbert in the polls. Both are vying for the Democratic spot to run against Republican Sergio Rodriguez in the fall. A recent Siena poll predicts that Mayor Brown will win the primary election.

The Democratic primary for Erie County Sheriff has also been drawing attention. Bert Dunn is running against Richard Dobson. The winner will face off against Republican Sheriff Tim Howard in November.

Turnout is typically low during primary races, especially when no national figures appear on the ballot.

However, officials say it could be higher in Buffalo this year because of the publicity that the mayoral race has received.

Polls in Erie County are open from six in the morning through nine in the evening.

Officials say elsewhere in Western New York, polls open at Noon.

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