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Polls Open in Yorktown Tuesday for GOP Primary

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The polls will be open on Tuesday for the Republican presidential primary with approximately 7,700 registered voters in Yorktown.

The 43 election districts in town are being consolidated into 19 polling places with an estimated 80 inspectors, running a tab of about $20,000.

Town Clerk Alice Roker said with Mitt Romney comfortably in the delegate lead for the GOP nomination it's difficult to predict what the turnout will be.

"Usually in a presidential year it's a large year for us," Roker said. "However, it's only one party. I don't think it will be that overwhelming for the inspectors and I don't think people will have long lines to wait in like they will in November."

Romney has secured 685 delegates with his eye on reaching the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination. Next in line is Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign two weeks ago, with 262 delegates. Newt Gingrich has 136 and Ron Paul has 63.

Up for grabs Tuesday is 95 delegates in New York. Four other primaries are being held simultaneously in Pennsylvania (70), Connecticut (25), Delaware (17) and Rhode Island (16).

"I don't think people understand the process that well," Roker said. "And how does this fit in the grand scheme of someone winning the Republican Party nomination."

The polls in Yorktown will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Roker said voters should go to their normal election polling location.

Another primary day will take place in June for the congressional races and in September for every other contest before the general election in November.

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