Despite early voting records, lines of voters were waiting for polls to open on Election Day 2020.

40% of Erie County voters had cast ballots before Election Day 2020 voting began
Posted at 7:09 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 19:12:07-05

HAMBURG, N.Y (WKBW-TV) — After nine days of early voting in New York State that set records, there were still lines of people waiting for Erie County Polls to open for Election Day 2020 voting.

According to Republican Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr, the busiest areas seemed to be Lancaster, Grand Island, and Tonawanda. Mohr said more than 40% of Erie County voters had already cast votes through absentee ballots and early voting even before Election Day started.

Erie County had the second-highest turnout for early voting in New York State - with only Staten Island have more voters.

Throughout the day, the lines became shorter and transformed into a steady stream of voters.

Reporter Ed Reilly spent Election Day visiting polling sites in the Town of Hamburg and at the Frank Merriweather, Jr. Public Library on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo to see how things were going.

Hear what the voters had to say in the attached video clip.