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Voter turnout in Suffolk County today has been higher than usual in a midterm election.

In the First Congressional District, voter turnout as of 5 p.m. had already exceeded total turnout in the last midterm election of 2014.

This year by 5 p.m., 39.22 percent of voters had already cast their ballots, according to data collected by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. In 2014, 39.02 percent voted in the election, which saw Republican Lee Zeldin unseat six-term Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop.

Countywide, voter turnout was 38.60 percent at 5 p.m. Turnout in Riverhead was 42.86 percent as of five o’clock, according to the board of elections data.

Total voter turnout in midterm elections in Suffolk County since 2000 has ranged between 39 and 45 percent. Voter turnout in presidential election years is typically much higher. In 2016, for example, voter turnout in the First Congressional District reached 69 percent.

Turnout has been high across the country today, as well as in early voting in states that offer voters that option.

Polls in New York are open until 9 p.m. tonight. 

Check RiverheadLOCAL for election results as they come in. We’ll be reporting from the parties’ election night headquarters in Patchogue and and Hauppauge.

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.