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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.

Sasha-Ann Simons / WXXI News

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.

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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.

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.

WSKG News

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.

Jay Moran/WBFO

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."  


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. 

 

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.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to take issue with comments by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said over the weekend that the federal government does not plan to get control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Spectrum News / WXXI News

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.

‘Floating voters’ say no to party labels

Oct 23, 2020
James Brown / WXXI News

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.

Yes, you can vote more than once

Oct 23, 2020
Jillian Forstadt / WSKG

Every New York voter can request an absentee ballot citing concerns about COVID-19. Millions of absentee ballots were already returned nation-wide, but candidates are still campaigning. So what if you change your mind? Can you change your vote?

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Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee moved Thursday to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, bringing President Trump's nominee within striking distance of confirmation and the court a step closer to a 6-3 conservative majority.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They covered a wide variety of issues, from the economy and COVID-19 to immigration, abortion rights and racial inequity. But the debate among three candidates for New York's 27th Congressional District at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute had none of the interruptions and other problems witnessed in recent nationally-televised political debates.

Two members of Congress, one from each major party, offered their thoughts on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that if a COVID relief package agreement with the Trump Administration couldn't be reached within the next 48 hours, a deal will be unlikely until after Election Day.

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York/Facebook

The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) will host a virtual event with local political candidates Wednesday in order to help voters learn more about their stances on issues related to disabilities.

Disabilities advocates on the march in 2018
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Nearly one in six American voters eligible to participate in November’s elections is living with a disability, according to a new report by researchers at Rutgers University. WBFO spoke to longtime Buffalo disabilities advocate Mike Rogers about what that means during an unprecedented election season.


NYS Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks in Buffalo
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) promoted new legislation she is co-sponsoring in support of military veterans during a visit to the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York in Buffalo Thursday.

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Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has died at the age of 91 after a battle with cancer. Bruno, a colorful, larger than life character who once rode his own horse into the venue where state Capitol reporters were presenting their annual gridiron show, was leader of the Republican dominated State Senate from 1994 to 2008.

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