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Buffalo school board election underway

Posted at 8:15 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 12:57:01-04

It's election day in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Public School Board has six seats up for grabs in Tuesday's vote.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the city.

If you need to find out where to vote, sample ballots, and other election information, click here 

Here's a breakdown of the races:

  • Central District - Paulette Woods vs Byron McIntyre
  • East District - Dr. Theresa Harris-Tiggs (incumbent) vs Patricia Elliot
  • North District - Jason McCarthy (incumbent) vs Hope Jay
  • Ferry District - Sharon Belton-Cottman (incumbent) - Unopposed
  • Park District - Carl Paladino (incumbent) vs Austin Harig
  • West District - Jennifer Mecozzi vs James Sampson (write-in)

Among the most publicized races--the battle between 18-year-old Hutch Tech Senior Austin Harig and Buffalo Developer Carl Paladino.

Volunteers at Elk Street School in South Buffalo say they're expecting a lot of people Tuesday because of how publicized the race between Harig and Paladino has been. 

Another thing you'll notice if you're heading to the polls--the current school board President can't run for re-election.

James Sampson currently represents the West District but according to the Erie County Board of Elections he didn't collect enough signatures from his district. 

Sampson will now run as a write-in candidate. 

Historically, voter turnout for the Buffalo School Board race as a whole hasn't been impressive.

In 2014 approximately 55,000 residents voted in the election.