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WNED|WBFO will host a free sneak peek of the POV documentary "Dark Money" on Saturday at 3 p.m. in its Buffalo studios. The director of this Sundance award-winning film will be answering questions immediately following this only local showing before the PBS national premiere Oct. 1.


New York State Board of Elections

With the elections season heating up, there is increasing attention to making sure someone with bad intent cannot interfere with the vast computer systems behind the vote.

Interest in moving the Buffalo School Board elections to November is suddenly heating up, as the New York State Legislature session enters its final weeks.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election and will retire in January.

"You all know I did not seek this job," Ryan said, addressing reporters. "I took it reluctantly. ... I have no regrets."

Ryan, 48, cited wanting to be around his adolescent children more often.

Erie County Board of Elections

The Erie County Board of Elections is starting to move back into its offices in downtown Buffalo, well over a year after a fire roared through its West Eagle Street building.

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It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

With no major party opposition, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday's election. However, the lack of a big citywide race in Buffalo could impact Erie County races.

In odd-numbered years, Election Day consists of a hodgepodge of state, local and special elections.

But in an era when, to flip an old phrase, all politics is national, these low-profile, low-turnout elections might have a lot more to say about the direction of the country than may have been the case just a few years ago.

Two governors races and one president in the background

Brian Meyer

If you ask many voters in Erie County, the early birds avoid potentially long waits later in the day.

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Though the presidential election gets the most attention, a fast-approaching primary election is on the minds of local party leaders as they maneuver for control of the state legislature.


New York State voters will be voting more often this year and paying the costs of those votes, as the calendar lines up four different statewide elections.


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For those involved in politics, this is a very busy year, not just because this is a presidential election year, but also because there is a presidential primary vote April 19.


Rep. Louise Slaughter has survived the closest race of her political career.

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Tribal unrest is preceding next month's elections for leadership of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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The Buffalo News has endorsed a trio of candidates for the Buffalo School Board elections Tuesday. Those endorsements have angered a segment of the public, and for some have emphasized racial divides in the city. On today's Press Pass, WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly will discuss those endorsements.

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The recent passing of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has raised serious questions in regard to the status of the existing stadium, just as $130 million in renovations are underway for next season.

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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

Albany may decide on three elections next year as an underground fight continues over the dates for a primary election.

Election Day for Buffalo School Board

May 7, 2013

Voters in the City of Buffalo head to the polls Tuesday to elect representatives to the Board of Education.

Tuesday’s elections will decide which party, Republicans, or Democrats, control the State Senate.

Elections commissioners hope to reduce the cost of New York's expensive political process by holding only one primary in June.

The November elections aren't that far off but it's still not clear in many races what names will be on the ballot. That will be decided September 13.

The primary vote will be the third primary this year, each carrying taxpayer costs for staff, ballot printing and space rental. The first was for president, the second for congressional races and, the third is for state offices.