Phone banks press hard on Election Eve

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Twas the night before election day and volunteers were working the phones.

“We’re expecting a low voter turnout and we greatly need your support of our Republican ticket.” said one volunteer inside the Erie County Republican campaign  office in Williamsville.

“It’s amazing how many people lose track of the fact that tomorrow is Election Day.” said Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy. “We have to go through the time honored tradition to get our message out to the voters and remind voters to get to the polls tomorrow, so we’re calling our voters to turn them out and ask them for their vote tomorrow.”

“Okay, you are going to vote. Do you know where your polling place is Maam?” asked a volunteer from the democratic office in Cheektowaga. Not only is the County Executive facing a challenge this year, but so are two County Legislators, and that could tip the balance of power on the Legislature according to Democratic Elections Commissioner Len Lenihan. “Yea the Legislature’s up for grabs. There’s only a 6-5 Republican edge as it is.”

Lenihan is trying to make sure Election Day goes off without a hitch. “It’s gonna be a busy day starting at 5:30am,  this room will be packed with people taking calls from elections inspectors, making sure they’re there, making sure the voting booths are functioning.”

He expects turnout to be low to moderate.”Turnout could be anywhere from very low at thirty percent to a high at forty or maybe higher, but the nice day being seventy degrees, we might have a big turnout tomorrow, it’s hard to say.”

The polls are open from 6am until 9pm in Erie County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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