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Older adults historically turn out to the polls at high rates. That appears to be the case again this year both locally and nationally, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

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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 City of Rochester has devised a plan to protect Susan B. Anthony’s grave and keep a new tradition alive.

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By the time the second day of Erie County's early voting closed Sunday night, 4.5% of the county's voters had cast their ballots. Erie County Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said that translated into 28,000 ballots during the first weekend of early voting - more than the total number of ballots cast in last year's general election.

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Early voting in New York state starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 1. It’s the second year New Yorkers have the option to vote early, but it’s taken on greater importance this year with a presidential election and COVID-19 pandemic that necessitates social distancing. Here’s what you need to know.


Erie County Board of Elections workers counted what votes they could late Tuesday night and went home, knowing Wednesday would be just as tough as the last week or two. They are waiting for the U.S. Postal Service to arrive.

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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New York State voters have three options for voting in the upcoming primary election on June 23rd.

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Democrats who lead the state Senate approved several measures on Thursday to make it easier to vote. But a newly energized Republican minority wanted to talk about other topics, such as worries about undocumented immigrants voting and whether to repeal recently enacted bail reform measures.


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Erie County Board of Elections officials are still analyzing the impact of early voting, but Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr reports overall voter turnout Tuesday hit more than 35%. That is higher than the local elections four years ago.

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Mary Ann Basile, 72, cast her ballot at the Harlem Road Community Center in Amherst Friday afternoon, four days before Election Day. 

 

“I just thought it would be more convenient to come today than on Tuesday,” she said. “It’s too crowded on Tuesday. It’s nice to be able to come at your own convenience.”

 

Basile and other senior citizens took advantage of the convenience of New York state’s early voting more than any other age group in Erie County.

 

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A lot of Erie County voters took advantage of the new early voting system to cast their ballots before Tuesday's Election Day.

Karen DeWitt

Over 130,000 New Yorkers have already voted in the November elections as part of the state’s first-ever early voting system. And those who are closely watching say so far, it’s been a largely successful rollout.


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Nearly 5,000 residents of Erie County took advantage of New York's new system of early voting over the weekend.

New York’s first-ever early voting begins Saturday and runs through Sunday Nov. 3. The new system is a little wobbly and a little confusing. Karen DeWitt sat down recently with the League of Women Voters' Laura Ladd Bierman to help explain how it will work.


The state’s new early voting system doesn’t begin until Saturday, but some lawmakers and voting rights advocates already want changes to the law.

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This fall, New Yorkers will have their first-ever opportunity to vote early in November's elections. Polls will be open a full 10 days before the Nov. 5 Election Day, but the logistics will vary depending on where you live.


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Erie County voters who plan to cast their ballots during the early polling period, October 26 through November 3, will have the opportunity to do so at any of the participating stations. They'll be the first to use a new electronic system that the county plans to roll out for all elections next year.

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Erie County's elections commissioners say they are as ready as they can be for the nine days of early voting which starts October 26.


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A bill to allow automatic voter registration in New York failed in the final days of the legislative session, after a mistake in the language would have inadvertently allowed undocumented immigrants to vote.


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The Partnership for the Public Good in Buffalo is hailing accomplishments in the recently-ended State Legislature session. But as it updates its Community Agenda, Partnership leaders say they'll continue pushing for more progress on the ten items which make up that agenda.

New York State Governor's office

New York State will soon join most other states in allowing voters to cast a ballot before election day.

The Democratic-led New York State Legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned on Monday to implement early voting in the state and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also will release his budget proposal.

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Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.

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The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday, as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman and the first African-American woman to head the chamber in January.

Advocates push to reform NY election laws

Oct 11, 2018
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Election Day 2018 is less than a month away - and that means time to register to vote is running out. The deadline is Oct. 12.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.


Ethics reforms and changes designed to make it easier to vote in New York were left out of the new state budget but could resurface when lawmakers return from spring break.

At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.


Albany forum explores election reforms

Mar 24, 2014

New York is behind other states when it comes to the issue of election reforms.  A forum will be held in Albany Monday that will explore changes to make voting easier.

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