Election 2020

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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. 

 

Onondaga County Board of Elections

Voters in New York who have not cast their ballots early in person or by mail go to the polls Tuesday. While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on.

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Rochester officials are anticipating big crowds at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, with the potential for thousands of people to pay respects to suffragist Susan B. Anthony on Election Day.

This Election Day is shaping up to be unlike any other. Americans are shattering early voting records as coronavirus cases climb, and questions loom about the timing and outcome of the actual results.

ELECTION 2020: Election Day in WNY

Nov 3, 2020
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WBFO is on-air and online with Election Day 2020 coverage from your local news team. Check in here for updates throughout the day.

National Public Radio

Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

All 212 seats in the New York State Legislature are up for election this year. There are over a dozen contested seats in the state Senate where Democrats are favored to win in many of the contests and potentially gain a supermajority. But Republicans say they hope to gain some seats, too.

Young voters of Western New York
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Youth voter turnout appears to be surging this election season. As record early voting numbers continue to stream in, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie spoke to six young voters living in Western New York about what’s influencing their vote.


The pandemic has changed a lot about how we vote this year, including when we may find out who won.

It's possible — because some rules have changed, and some haven't — that Nov. 3 could come and go without a clear answer as to who the next president will be.

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It's Groundhog Day for political junkies in New York's 23rd Congressional District, as Southern Tier Republican Rep. Tom Reed again battles Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano, whom he beat with 54% of the vote two years ago.

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With the U.S. presidential election only days away, the entire world is watching the campaign closely. Canada is no exception. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being tight-lipped about his preference for the White House, but said he is preparing for any outcome.

There have been a lot of questions heading into Election Day 2020 about how much information will and will not be available on election night, as everyone waits to see who has won the presidential contest and other races.

NPR provides live coverage of the results on the radio and online, and we rely on The Associated Press for all vote counting and race calls.

That means we explicitly cite the AP when reporting results — there are no "NPR calls." We will display AP results of the presidential election and other contests on our website.

Election 2020: A historic moment for the Latina vote

Oct 30, 2020
Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York

There is little question that Hispanic voters will be key to winning elections this year, especially in New York. For the first time in history, Hispanic voters are the second-largest demographic group in the United States and New York ranks #4 in the nation with 2 million. In fact, females may be even more critical, as they traditionally vote at a higher rate than males. So WBFO reached out to several local Latinas to ask what issues are most important right now. (Interviews were conducted in early October.)

Chautauqua County / Jason Schmidt for District Attorney

Some universal issues are bringing voters to the polls throughout Western New York like COVID-19 and the future of the economy. But in Chautauqua County, police reform is front and center as a tightly contested race for district attorney moves forward. Chautauqua Today news director Dave Rowley spoke with WBFO reporter Nick Lippa about how it’s taking shape.


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When it comes to politics in Genesee County, Howard Owens of The Batavian has his finger on the pulse of the electorate. The race for sheriff has captured his attention and the attention of his readers. "We have the incumbent sheriff, William Sheron, who is on the Republican line and, then, David Krzemien who both has the Democratic endorsement and then he got enough signatures to create a Pro-Second Amendment line."  


Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Most of the attention this election season has been focused on the presidential campaign, but there are also a significant number of New York State Senate races in play. Democrats need just two more seats to gain a supermajority that could potentially override any vetoes of legislation issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Election Day is less than a week away and millions have already voted via early voting or mail-in ballots, but if you’re still undecided, a new report by personal finance website WalletHub will show you what each candidate will mean for your wallet. 

 

I Love NY

There are not many local races of note within Steuben and Allegany County this year, but early voting indicates there will be a large turnout in these rural areas. So what’s drawing residents to the polls? Hornell Evening Tribune reporter and regional editor Chris Potter tells WBFO it’s Donald Trump.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

One of the candidates for New York's 27th Congressional District says Social Security has proven to be a government slush fund and a generational Ponzi scheme. Libertarian candidate Duane Whitmer presented his proposed reform in downtown Buffalo.

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People living with developmental disabilities often have to overcome more challenges to cast their ballots than the average voter. As they navigate those hurdles, some Western New York advocates in the disability community are also tired of being an overlooked voting bloc.


Erie County

Today is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot, as Election Day is a week away.

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Niagara County will soon have an elected sheriff, nearly a year after Jim Voutour retired. Michael Filicetti has been acting every since and is seeking a full term against challenger Brian Grear.

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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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Cattaraugus County saw over 1,200 people this past weekend get to the polls for early voting. The national election is a big reason for that. And according to Olean Times Herald Reporter Rick Miller, it’s one of many factors that could impact the race to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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.

Working Families Party

Minor parties in New York face strict new rules this year to keep their candidates on the ballot without having to resort to petitioning for thousands of signatures, and one is making an all-out effort to boost votes on its line.

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Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed said he and his family were threatened with a dead animal and a brick bearing a family member’s name at his home Friday.

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Early voting kicked off this weekend in New York. In Orleans County, nearly 700 cast their ballots. That’s a drastic increase from a year ago where the opening weekend for early voting drew 58 total voters. In all, Orleans County saw 374 early voters over the course of nine days in 2019. Orleans Hub Journalist and Editor Tom Rivers tells WBFO the presidential election is a big factor for the large turnout, but it isn’t the only one.


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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.


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