Election 2019

Gary Dickson for Supervisor

A new leader is on the way for the Town of West Seneca. For the first time in nearly a half-century, voters in the heavily Democratic town elected a Republican to serve as Supervisor.


Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats had a strong election night on Tuesday, leading the race for governor in Kentucky and taking back full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

Western New York election results by county

Nov 5, 2019

Election Day features several races of interest to residents who are casting their ballots on Nov. 5. Check here for election results starting at 9 p.m.

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It's just a matter of hours now before the votes will be tallied and candidates will know who will hold office. Many are coming out for the Erie County Executive race, pitting incumbent Mark Poloncarz against challenger Lynne Dixon, but there’s been several other factors which have impacted the polls this Election Day.

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As adults head to the polls Tuesday, WBFO takes a look at what students are learning about voting in the required half-year course called Participation in Government, commonly known as PIG.


On the eve of Election Day, Buffalo News politics reporter Bob McCarthy says voters are seeing "really nasty ads" from both sides in the race for Erie County Executive between incumbent Mark Poloncarz and Lynne Dixon. McCarthy also weighs in on the bigger picture in the City of Buffalo and how a lack of competitive races could affect turnout. And which are the county legislature races to watch on Tuesday?


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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.

 

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

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

Kyle S. Mackie

Election Day is around the corner and for the City of Buffalo’s Common Council, five of the eight seats are up for grabs. Though some of the faces will change, the chamber will remain under Democratic control.

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For the first time in nearly a dozen years, Paul Dyster is not running for Mayor of Niagara Falls. After three terms in office, Dyster decided against seeking re-election. WBFO's Chris Caya profiles the candidates vying to become the city's new mayor.


Republicans are the dominant party in Genesee County. According to Howard Owens of The Batavian, Democrats have been dispatched to a distant second and that spot is finding a challenge from the Libertarian Party, which has three candidates on this year's ballot.


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Fresh from graduating from Cornell University this year, Austin Morgan earned the Democratic Party nod in the race for the vacant seat in the 57th Senate District. The native of the Cattaraugus County town of Freedom says he got into the race to help "those little towns that have been voiceless for too long."


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.


Election Perspectives: Allegany County

Oct 31, 2019

WBFO is getting ready for Election Day 2019 by asking around Western New York, "what's on the minds of voters in your part of the region?" Today, we go to Allegany County, where Wellsville Daily Regional Editor Chris Potter tells us that beyond the race for the State Senate's empty 57th District seat, it's a more quiet election cycle. But that doesn't mean there's a lack of issues.


Election Day is in six days and all this week WBFO News is looking at what's at stake as residents take part in early voting, or wait and go the traditional route next Tuesday. Today we hear from Tom Rivers, the editor of the news site Orleans Hub, for a perspective on the issues in Orleans County. 


Election Perspectives: Cattaraugus County

Oct 29, 2019

With Election Day 2019 advancing, WBFO set out to ask people monitoring local races of note throughout Western New York to offer their observations. WBFO contacted Rick Miller, reporter for the Olean Times Herald, to learn more about races and thoughts of the voters in Cattaraugus County.

Western New York Independent Living

Voters with disabilities can get free rides to their polling place on Election Day.

When Corey Lewandowski visited Western New York last week, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump carried a message of confidence the President would be reelected. Lewandowski told Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy that the current impeachment inquiry will energize the Trump base in 2020. McCarthy says Lewandowski, despite losing his job during the 2016 campaign, remains a close Trump confidante.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

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

As Election Day nears, this week WBFO looks at what’s at stake when Western New York goes to the polls. This morning, Batavia News Associate Editor Matt Surtel has an interesting story coming out of the Town of Gainesville in Wyoming County.

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.

Updated at 3:25 a.m. ET

Canada's Liberals appear to have won the most seats in Parliament — a result likely to hand Justin Trudeau a second term as prime minister despite a series of scandals that have rocked his government.

Many observers believed David Bellavia would win the 27th Congressional seat, if he chose to run. On Sunday, the war hero announced he will not enter the race, opening the door for other interested parties. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw will soon enter the race. Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley could also join a heavy Republican field that also includes state senators Rob Ortt and Chris Jacobs, and attorney Beth Parlato.


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Fresh on the heels of Thursday night's debate, in the WNED/WBFO studio, the candidates for Erie County Executive squared off again, Friday morning. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda hosted its 35th annual candidates debate with the incumbent, Democrat Mark Poloncarz, and his challenger, Lynne Dixon, a county legislator, running on the Independence line.

Dave Debo

Eva Doyle, Cas Rodriguez and Jessica Marinelli share a common trait: they hold a keen interest in local politics. They were quick to volunteer for a panel to review Thursday's debate of the two candidates for Erie County Executive. They offered a variety of perspectives on the candidates' performances. They also highlighted the lack of discussion of one the region's most glaring issues, the number of inmates who have died while in custody at the Erie County Holding Center.


Eileen Elibol / WNED|WBFO

Lynne Dixon attacked Mark Poloncarz’s leadership in a televised debate Thursday night, even calling the Erie County Executive a “bully,” while Poloncarz defended his record and promised to continue the area’s economic growth if re-elected. 

 


With just days before Canadians go to the polls for a national election, the political parties and their leaders are pulling out all the stops to corral last-minute undecided voters. It has been a short 40-day campaign, and a tough one. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and the opposition Conservatives began the contest neck-and-neck, and not much has changed.

WATCH: Erie County Executive candidates debate

Oct 17, 2019

On Thursday evening, WNED | WBFO presented “Decision 2019: The Race for Erie County Executive”, a live debate featuring the two candidates running for Erie County Executive.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Election Day is getting closer and on Wednesday, an array of candidates was in the basement of a building in North Buffalo pitching their campaign themes and taking questions from disabled voters.

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