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Erie County Board of Elections

The traditional march to the polls might wind up being a march to the post office in this COVID-19 year.

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New York’s Democratic presidential primary is back on now that a judge has thrown out a decision by the state Board of Elections to cancel the election. The board had acted after Bernie Sanders dropped out, leaving Joe Biden as the only candidate on the ballot.

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In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Karen DeWitt

Several New York state lawmakers and a co-chair of the state Board of Elections are pressing for New York to expand its absentee voting laws to allow for more mail-in balloting and to postpone the April 28 presidential primary until late June.  

Charles Lane, WSHU

Two special elections were also held Tuesday, to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched important wins in their respective presidential primaries in their home state of New York on Tuesday night, helping both in their efforts to clinch their party's White House nomination.

In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul sealed a massive victory over his two remaining rivals, sweeping at least 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs.

The Associated Press reports:

Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.

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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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump spoke in front of 11,400 people at Buffalo's First Niagara Center Monday night, in a large rally on the eve of New York's primary election.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

One day before the New York primary, both Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton will make campaign appearances in Buffalo.

Kasich supporters go door-to-door

Apr 16, 2016
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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate John Kasich are going door-to-door around Erie and Niagara Counties Saturday. They're seeking voter support in advance of Tuesday's presidential primary in New York.

Eileen Elibol, WBFO

Local supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz admit he's highly unlikely to win next Tuesday's New York Primary. But they believe he is still capable of grabbing a few delegates from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the New York Presidential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are out making door-to-door visits and working the phones in Buffalo, days ahead of the New York Primary. And they're still taking issue with rival candidate Ted Cruz over his "New York values" comment made weeks ago.

Two new polls out before Tuesday's New York presidential primary show Donald Trump the Republican frontrunner and Hillary Clinton leading her Democratic opponent.

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Ahead of New York's presidential primary April 19th, a new Quinnipiac University Poll shows a "home-court" advantage for each party's front runner.

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Local Democrats are getting two bites of the political apple this week, with campaign visits from Bill Clinton Tuesday and Hillary Clinton on Friday.

Voter registration deadline draws near

Mar 21, 2016
NYS Board of Elections

In less than a month New Yorkers will be able to weigh-in on the race for the White House by voting in the state's presidential primary. But residents must register to vote by this Friday March 25th.

County legislator to appear on The Daily Show

Apr 24, 2012

A familiar face in local politics will be on national television Tuesday night. Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Canisius College political science professor will make an appearance on Comedy's Central The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Hardwick was contacted by the show's producers based on a comment he made to The Buffalo News recently on how New York's late presidential primary renders it moot in the national political picture.  He told The News, “It’s like being next in line for concert tickets when the ticket window closes.”

Poll shows Romney leading among New York GOP

Apr 5, 2012

Mitt Romney's race to the Republican nomination will likely ease decisively through New York State.

That's according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University which shows Romney with a huge lead among those expected to vote in New York's April 24th GOP Primary. Romney has the support of 54 percent of expected voters compared to Rick Santorum's 21 percent.

The November election may be a drastically different story.