BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) — Election 2020 will go down in the history books for the huge voter turnout and the contentious results that are still undecided as vote counting continues in battleground states.
Absentee and mail-in ballots are also playing a big role in the outcome.
Workers at the Erie County Board of Elections are now sorting more than 83,000 absentee ballots with others expected to arrive from overseas and military voters by the November 16th deadline.
In addition, thousands of provisional ballots were submitted by people who showed up at Erie County polls and were not listed in the poll books. All those ballots are now being validated to make sure those voters were eligible and did not vote more than once.
Republican Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said the number of votes cast during the 2020 presidential race in Erie county set a new high at 465,000 people - which is 35,000 more than the previous high-mark set when Barack Obama was running.
The results of the election are still subject to change and won't be certified in Erie County until the end of November.
However, 7 Eyewitness News was interested to see how Joe Biden and President Trump did (so far) in WNY as of November 6, 2020.
Using data from the NYS Board of Elections and the Erie County Board of Elections, it shows both candidates did very well in different locations. Joe Biden dominated in the City of Buffalo with 77% of the vote, while President Trump won 7 of the 8 WNY counties with around 60% or more of the vote.
The following is data from the NYS Board of Elections:
Using raw data supplied from the Erie County Board of Elections about voting results in Erie County, 7 Eyewitness 'crunched the numbers' to see how the two candidates did in various parts of Erie County:
|CITY OF BUFFALO||77%||21%|
|TOWN OF TONAWANDA||54%||43%|