By Jeffery Smith

BATH - Steuben County election officials reported a higher-than-usual turnouts during the busy Nov. 8 general election.

Vicky Olin, Steuben County Republican Commissioner Board of Elections, said 68 percent of the county’s 58,257 active voters turned out to more than 40 machine locations throughout the county to vote.

“That doesn’t count absentee or affidavit ballots,” Olin said. “That is the number for voters who actually voted at the machines.”

Officials said there was a heavy turnout, with lines out the door throughout the election at many locations.

“It was probably higher than we’ve ever had before,” said Kelly Penziul, Steuben County Democratic Commissioner Board of Elections.

“Easily,” Olin said. “Definitely higher than the amount that usually vote in a presidential election.”

In the 2012 presidential election there were 58,257 active voters in Steuben County and about 65 percent voted in that election, counting absentee or affidavit ballots. In non-presidential races the number is much lower.

Voters in Steuben County voted in numbers that overwhelmingly favored Republican presidential-elect Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton 25,091-11,215, in the Nov. 8, general election.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning easily defeated Democratic candidate John Plumb 25,403-12,204.

Here are the numbers, according in the Steuben County Board of Elections:

Trump, 64.8 percent (25,091 votes) Clinton, 29 percent (11,215 votes)

Reed, 67.5 percent (25,403 votes) Plumb, 32.5 percent (12,204 votes)