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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.


Tuesday is Primary Election Day, when New York's new electoral process approved in Albany kicks in.

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

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Incumbent Republican Chris Collins has declared victory after the absentee and emergency ballot count in Erie County kept in him in a very slim lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

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Ballots are still being counted in New York's 27 District, but that didn't stop Democratic candidate Nate McMurray from heading to Washington D.C. for new member orientation.

The saga of the race to replace Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) on the November ballot is continuing, with time running short.

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Western New York Republicans are pondering their options for finding a new candidate, now that federal insider trading charges have led Rep. Chris Collins to suspend his campaign for re-election.

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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.

With no major party opposition, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday's election. However, the lack of a big citywide race in Buffalo could impact Erie County races.

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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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A judge has ruled Buffalo School Board President James Sampson does not have enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for the upcoming board election. 

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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.


New York State voters will be voting more often this year and paying the costs of those votes, as the calendar lines up four different statewide elections.


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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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Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr says based on this week's canvass of the primary election, it is "highly improbable" there will be any change to last Tuesday's results.

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Three candidates are vying for the office of Mayor of Buffalo, two Democrats and one Republican. But it appears one of the candidates may have been offered a job if he agreed to not run.

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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. 

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Under some pressure from State Education Commissioner John King, the Buffalo school board is moving ahead to redistrict in time for the board election next spring.

While the final decisions will be made by the board, there is an advisory group drawing lines headed by Board Member Ralph Hernandez.

The final shapes for the six districts must meet all of the regular rules on compactness and equality of population among them. That is despite the lines being drawn based on the most-recent Census figures from 2010.