Erie County Board of Elections

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When voters in Erie County head to the polls for Election Day, at least 40% of their peers will have already cast ballots. A robust turnout is also expected Tuesday, according to one of the county's two election commissioners.

There were tense moments in the late morning and early afternoon Monday at the offices of the Erie County Board of Elections, where a suspicious substance was discovered in a piece of mail.

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Thousands of absentee ballots were being mailed out Friday in parts of Western New York. As expected, concerns for COVID have resulted in a sharp rise in requests.

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A former Common Council candidate is voicing his concern about alleged voting irregularities in November’s elections.

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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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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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Several candidates running in the Buffalo Board of Education elections Tuesday, May 7 cleared a hurdle along the campaign trail Friday. The Erie County Board of Elections reviewed, and then cleared, the petitions of several candidates who faced objections over some of their collected signatures.

Candidates for elected office and their supporters will begin knocking on doors Tuesday, as the 2019 designating petition schedule gets underway.


The Erie County Board of Elections is extending the hours for absentee voting ahead of the midterm elections.

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.

Erie County Board of Elections

The Erie County Board of Elections is starting to move back into its offices in downtown Buffalo, well over a year after a fire roared through its West Eagle Street building.

2017 Primary Election Results

Sep 12, 2017

WBFO followed key races in the September 12 Primary Election. See the results from local polls here.

Voter registration rises as election approaches

Oct 18, 2016
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There's no doubt that the Presidential election is drawing heavy interest. That interest has drawn a record number of people who have registered online to vote.

Things are heating up both figuratively and literally for the Erie County Board of Elections.

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The Erie County Board of Elections has issued mixed rulings regarding two petitions in the upcoming race for the New York State Senate 60th District.

New York’s presidential primary is in the political spotlight Tuesday. The Erie County Board of Elections says local voting has run smoothly and voter turnout appears to be its highest in years.

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The two commissioners of Erie County's Board of Elections are offering mixed thoughts on the anticipated turnout for Election Day 2015.

Polling location in Buffalo opens late

Nov 4, 2014
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Voters were turned away from Unity Church at 1243 Delaware Avenue Tuesday morning. The polling site opened after 7 a.m., because three inspectors did not show up.

Judge rules candidate off school board ballot

May 2, 2014

A former Buffalo firefighter has lost his court challenge to appear on next week's Buffalo School Board election ballot. 

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A second candidate running for one of three at-large seats on the Buffalo Board of Education was removed from the ballot Tuesday due to a lack of valid signatures.

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Questions have been raised about the hiring of Robb Poloncarz by the  Erie County Board of Elections.

Heavy voter turnout likely for local races

Nov 6, 2012

Election Day 2012  should be fairly busy at most polling locations in Erie County compared to some "off years."  

Polling Place Changes

Nov 5, 2012
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The day before ballots are cast in New York state, election officials are reminding residents that the 2012 redistricting process also means that thousands of voters could have a new polling place. 

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With Election Day getting closer, the Erie County Board of Elections is dealing with an avalanche of absentee ballot applications and the problems of getting absentee ballots to the military overseas because of problems in Albany.

County Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr tells WBFO News there may be as many as 26,000 absentee ballots going out by the end of the elections season.