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A Western New York roundtable called “Fighting for Our Vote 2.0” will take participants through how to vote, what happens to your ballot after you submit it, myths and truths about voting, and issues that impact access to voting.

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Activist India Walton's bid to run for mayor of Buffalo has been dealt a severe setback.

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The next time Congress and both houses of the state legislature are on the ballot, there will likely be fewer Congressional seats to fight over and very different legislative districts.

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There’s still no winner in New York’s 22nd Congressional district, where Republican Claudia Tenney and Democratic Incumbent Anthony Brindisi are vying for the last undecided House seat. This week, county Boards of Elections are recounting some of the race’s ballots. The partial canvasses were ordered by an Oswego County Supreme Court justice after the Boards’ clerical errors made judicial review of hundreds of ballots challenged by the candidates impossible.

Over the weekend, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners Ralph Mohr and Jeremy Zellner announced the certification of the 2020 general election.

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Monday is the last day for those involved in tough elections in Erie County to object to some votes cast, before the final count starts Tuesday.

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It's going to be a long November for some local political candidates in Erie County, with counting of mailed-in ballots weeks away and the final deadline after Thanksgiving.

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Voters are clearly excited about this presidential election, as they vote early in person or by mail.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is tightening security on its computer systems as the country heads toward a presidential election.

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Erie County's elections commissioners may meet with U.S. Postal Service officials this week to make sure the cutbacks at Buffalo's main post office on William Street and in Rochester aren't going to interfere with voting by mail in November.

New York will immediately allow all voters in the state to request a mail-in ballot for the November elections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed bills into law Thursday that, among other things, allow all eligible voters to cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to vote absentee.

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The June 23 primary was the first in New York to allow all voters the option of casting their ballots by mail. Under an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, registered voters could cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for filling out an absentee ballot. The New York State Legislature held a hearing Tuesday on the primary elections to find out what went right and what went wrong.

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New York's political primary election has been over for more than two weeks, but the long vote count is continuing at the Erie County Board of Elections, checking more than 151,000 paper ballots.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the electoral process a bit different this year for some, but Erie County’s Board of Elections has been hard at work ensuring every vote is counted, no matter how or where you voted.


Early voting continues through Sunday

Jun 19, 2020

Early voting for next week's presidential and state primaries, as well as for the a special election in the 27th congressional district, continues through Sunday.

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The traditional march to the polls might wind up being a march to the post office in this COVID-19 year.

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The Erie County Board of Elections says it has received more than 1,000 absentee ballot requests since Monday for the June primary.

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A suspected instance of voter registration fraud has prompted Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns to ask the Board of Elections for clarity regarding New York's Green Light law. Kearns alleges a non-citizen submitted a voter registration application while applying for a commercial driver’s license.

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Libertarians finally gained automatic ballot access in New York state last year, but you won’t see any Libertarians on the ballot for Erie County races this November.

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Elections officials are reminded voters that Primary Day is next week, a big change from the past several decades.

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Boards of elections across New York State will be going to their county governments fairly soon to get extra cash to pay for elections this year, elections much changed by Albany and with more changes to come.

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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is before the County Legislature Wednesday morning, along with District Attorney John Flynn, Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Board of Elections, on this second day of hearings on County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed budget for next year.

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Candidates for statewide office were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.

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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.

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When Albany created the post of Chief Enforcement Counsel to the New York State Board of Elections, it was supposed to be a breakthrough toward dealing with corruption in the state's often opaque Election Law. Since then, however, federal and state prosecutors have found systemic corruption in state government, especially the Legislature.

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.

There are three propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections, though one has proven to be more controversial than the others.


There is some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a constitutional convention.

The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data about New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.


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Erie County is still repairing the fire-damaged Board of Elections office space. The final cost for repair is expected to approach $1 million.


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