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

New York State Board of Elections

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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Several minor political parties in New York are in jeopardy of losing their spot on future election ballots in the state. Recent changes to the state’s election laws require that a party garner either 130,000 votes or 2% of the total votes cast, whichever is higher, to remain on the ballot.

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.

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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.

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.

Erie County

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

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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.

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.

‘Floating voters’ say no to party labels

Oct 23, 2020
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Dan Ramich of Fairport works in sales and is a married father of two college-age boys. His beliefs line up with the Republican Party, but he’s opted not to join.

Early voting begins in New York on Saturday, and continues through Nov. 1, two days before Election Day.

When voters in New York were asked two years ago what issues were at the top of their list while they prepared to head to the polls in November, they said health care, taxes, and the economy would decide their vote. That was according to a poll from Quinnipiac University, which was asking New York voters to rank which issues were important to them in that year’s race for governor.

Live: Trump-Biden Final Presidential Debate

Oct 22, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their final debate Thursday night in Nashville.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

Updated at 11:27 p.m. ET

In a unique political split screen, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden appeared in competing town halls at the same time on Thursday night.

Among their notable answers, Trump declined to denounce the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, while Biden said he would offer a more concrete answer on "court packing" before Election Day.

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have very different views on how to tackle America's pressing issues.

That much is clear. But what specifically are they proposing?

NPR Politics has sifted through Trump's and Biden's plans, as released by their campaigns, and narrowed in on a few key issues to show what they're promising and how each man's priorities differ from his opponent's.

Read all of the plans here.

New York Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many voters to choose to cast their ballots by mail this year. In New York, every eligible voter can vote by absentee ballot if they are worried about the virus, but the rules are still a bit complicated. WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with the League of Women Voters' Jennifer Wilson to sort it all out.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not planning to make any “irreversible” cuts to the state budget over the next month, after hopes of a relief package from the federal government were dashed this week.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With Election Day a month away, New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is running a hardcore law-and-order campaign, attacking the criminal justice changes that have come out of Albany Democrats in the last two years.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their first debate Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Fox News' Chris Wallace is moderating the event, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Debate topics will include the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the Supreme Court.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

Howie Hawkins 2020 Campaign

The Green Party candidate for president won’t be on the ballot in two battleground states, following court rulings last week. It's another example, the Greens say, of the difficulties third party candidates have getting on the ballot.

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The ACLU of New York, Common Cause and other advocacy groups are asking New York to mandate pre-paid postage for absentee ballots in the November general election. But the state's budget office says doing so would require more federal funds.

Erie County

Absentee ballot requests are piling up at the Erie County Board of Elections with Election Day eight weeks away. Already, there have been nearly 40,000.

Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day and good government organizations such as Common Cause New York are encouraging young people to sign up to work at voting sites this fall.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed executive orders that he said will help ensure safe and secure voting in November’s elections.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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.

The House passed legislation on Saturday to infuse $25 billion into the Postal Service and block operational changes that Democrats fear could hobble mail-in voting in this November's election.

In a rare Saturday session, the House passed the measure by a vote of 257 to 150, with 26 Republicans siding with Democrats to approve the bill.

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