WESTERN NEW YORK -- Election Day is here.

It's been a tumultuous election season nationally, but there is still time for voters to plan ahead to ensure Election Day runs smoothly.

Polls open at 6 a.m. in all Western New York counties. They close at 9 p.m.

Leonard Lenihan, Erie County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner, says to avoid traffic it's best to arrive at the polls midday, late morning or in the late afternoon. He also said that in Erie County the lines may only be 5 to 15 minutes long, depending on when voters arrive.

Lenihan also said security will be stepped up, especially if there are any disruptions.

"In the booths that are very busy, we're going to have an extra person working there, we call them greeters," he said.

Republican Erie County Election Commissioner Ralph Mohr said he thinks suburban towns in Erie County will see longer lines at certain times.

"Generally before work and after work are the heaviest times, if people can avoid those times, it would be be better," he said.

A high turnout is expected in Niagara County.

"I know it's a lot of fear going on because I hear it from my inspectors, and I hear it from voters. (But) I don't think we will have some of the problems that other places have," said Lora Allen, Niagara County Board of Election Democratic Commissioner.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office has created an Election Day Hotline to help troubleshoot and report any issues encountered by voters at the polls. That number is 1-800-771-7755 and will be available until 9 P.M. on Tuesday.

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