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Board of Elections is open extra hours this week

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections office, 111 Main St., will be open extra hours this week to allow voters to pick up absentee ballots for the Sept. 15 primary.

The board's normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It will stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Absentee ballots may be cast on the spot or mailed in; they count as long as they are postmarked by Sept. 14.


Promotion agency sets meetings on activities

LOCKPORT -- Lockport Main Street, the promotion agency set up through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is offering two meetings Sept. 16 for downtown merchants to hear about its plans and discuss promotional activities.

The sessions will be offered at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the corporation's office in the Old Post Office, 1 East Ave.

Program Manager Heather Peck said topics will include a downtown Web site and directory, Halloween promotions, a holiday gift certificate program, cooperative advertising and upcoming events.

Business people who plan to attend should call the office at 434-0212 by Sept. 14 to sign up.


Member of Rep. Lee's staff to meet with constituents

ROYALTON -- A member of Rep. Chris Lee's staff will be on hand from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, to answer constituents' questions and hear their views on national issues.

No appointment is necessary for the one-on-one sessions.


New voting machines set for demonstrations

ROYALTON -- Demonstrations of Niagara County's new electronic voting machines will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road.

The machines will be powered up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Voters will be able to use them to cast ballots in a mock election.

Royalton will be the first town in the county to switch from the old lever machines when it uses the new electronic paper ballot scanners during the Sept. 15 primary.

Royalton and Hartland will use the new machines during the Nov. 3 general election, and more demonstrations will be held in both towns during October. The new machines are scheduled to be introduced countywide in 2010.

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