“Robust” voter turnout in Erie County on Election Night

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- When Election Day began, Erie County Board of Elections officials expected a 70 percent voter turnout, similar to the turnout in 2012.

As the day went on, that projection changed as more and more Western New York voters hit the polls.

News 4 spoke to several voters in the suburbs Tuesday afternoon.

Snyder resident Laura Stauffiger voted for Republican Donald Trump.

“I’m a conservative and his values match what mind do. I’m a small business owner,” she said.

“I voted for Hillary Clinton,” said Syndey Reid of Snyder.

“I’m a registered Democrat,” she said.

“I mean I grew up knowing the Clintons and I really respect them.”

Reid told us women’s rights and the environment are important issues for her when voting.

From big crowds early in the morning, to long lines at the polling stations after work, voters in Erie County hit the polls hard.

News 4 spoke to Democratic Elections Commissioner Len Lenihan just before the polls closed at 9 p.m.

“We have a very robust turnout tonight. People are still voting. At my booth I voted around 6 o’clock, we were at about 72 percent then with three hours to go. This is a big turnout,” Lenihan told us.

Election Night wasn’t without it’s hiccups.

Most voters told us lines moved fairly quickly, but News 4 did get several calls from concerned voters who had issues with their registration at the polls.

Those without a valid registration at their polling place were given affidavits to fill out. Election officials said this isn’t out of the ordinary; it happens anytime a registration doesn’t show up in their books.

Election officials will go through those affidavits by hand over the next two weeks to see if any of the issues were clerical.

Board of Elections staff told News 4 more than half of those affidavits end up counting.

Many voters told us this election cycle has been polarizing, and exhausting. They told us they’re happy for the Election to finally be over.

As of 1 a.m. Monday, elections officials in Erie County said preliminary results showed a 75 percent voter turnout.

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