Voter Turnout

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Erie County Board of Elections officials are still analyzing the impact of early voting, but Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr reports overall voter turnout Tuesday hit more than 35%. That is higher than the local elections four years ago.

Dave Debo / WBFO News

Since the enactment of New York's property tax cap, school budgets are being approved on an almost routine basis. Earlier this week, 97.6 percent of school budgets passed acrossed the state, according to Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association. The focus on holding down taxes, Kremer says, has had unintended consequences.  "I hate to say it, but I think people (have) become apathetic."


Brian Meyer

If you ask many voters in Erie County, the early birds avoid potentially long waits later in the day.

As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.

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With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day.