Buffalo (WIVB) – Although voter turnout is usually low, a few interesting races brought more voters out here in Western New York. Votes have been cast and decisions have been made. David Galvin from the Town of Tonawanda says he saw a lot of voters
“They are coming out here in droves,” says Galvin. “I see I’m in the high end number and I was up in the upper 200’s and I’m glad people came out.”
All that’s left is to count and voters who did come out, like Sean Lindstrom had strong opinions about candidates and issues.
“The state senate election was important to me,” says Lindstrom. “We have an elected official that’s changed parties a couple of times. I think we wanted to send a message we were tired of that.”
“The safe act I don’t believe in it one bit and I like to see it repealed. I can’t support anybody in office that is going to support it,” says Galvin.
Governor Cuomo earned Bonita Middlebrook’s vote with the “Buffalo Billion”.
“I really think that Governor Cuomo has the city’s best interest and I knew I had to come out and support him,” says Middlebrooks.
While voter turnout in Erie County tends to be on the low side for midterm elections, Chautauqua County Election Commissioner Brian Abram says his county saw higher than normal voter turnout.
“The places that have called in and the places I’ve visited say that the voter turnout has been very steady,” says Abram. Everybody seems to be interested in the process and enjoying the day; it’s been good weather it looks like our numbers will be higher than projected.”
Abram says races like NY’s 23rd congressional district between Tom Reed and Martha Robertson, the race for county Sheriff and a family court judge all played into the voter passion. Abram believes candidates played a big role in high voter turnout for his county
“The candidates have worked hard to get their message out and I think that’s a big reason the hard work of all the candidates to push as many voters out to the polls as they can has spilled over to a successful day here.”
An Erie County Board of Elections Official says turn out where people were voting on New York’s 60th senate district were higher than districts with less competitive senate races.