Turnout Expected to Be in 30 Percent Range Today

Elections commissioners expect it to be less than half of 2016 presidential vote turnout

Tom Puckett
November 07, 2017 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It's no surprise to elections commissioners the turnout for today's election will be nowhere near last year's for the presidential election.

"Four years ago, if it's any indication, we had a 31 percent turnout, and we have a number of hotly contested races in town, so you'll see a variation as far as turnout by town," says Republican Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr. He says there are hot races in Hamburg, Marilla, Alden, and Amherst that could boost the turnout.

The turnout is expected to be "about half of what we get in a presidential year," says Democratic Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner. Zellner says turnout in Erie County last year was 71 percent. Zellner, also Democratic party chairman in Erie County, says turnout could be affected by a lack of a mayoral race in the city of Buffalo. "It appears Republicans are suppressing turnout for county legislature or any offices within the city of Buffalo, which could affect turnout," says Zellner.

Both say the weather should not be an issue, with temperatures in the mid 40s. 

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