2020 Election

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The process of counting 57,000 absentee ballots has begun in Onondaga County, something that could take until this time next week.  WAER News stopped by the Board of Elections on day one to see how the process works.

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Central New York political science professors are weighing in on what might happen over the several remaining weeks of President Trump’s time in office. Syracuse University professor Shana Gadarian says while a new COVID relief package might be prioritized, New Yorkers shouldn’t expect results.


Onondaga County Elections officials will begin counting more than 57,000 absentee ballots Tuesday, which will eventually determine the outcome of races that still have no clear winner.  

Might Democrats Have to do More Soul Searching Than Republicans? An SU Professor Thinks So

Nov 5, 2020
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A Syracuse University political science professor says democrats might be the party doing more introspection after falling short in congressional races across the country.  Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School Grant Reeher says democrats have been struggling to balance the left wing with the rest of the party since before 2016.

James Corrigan / WAER News

Absentee ballots are still arriving at the Onondaga County Board of Elections, and commissioners are preparing to spend more than a week counting them.  Democratic Commissioner Dustin Czarny reminds us that it’s normal to count ballots after the election because military voters have regularly sent in their ballots from overseas.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Election Day brought mixed results for Democrats and Republicans in New York’s congressional and legislative races. Republicans were quick to claim victory, but Democrats, who will remain in the majority no matter the outcomes of contested races, say the record number of absentee ballots need to be counted first, and it might take weeks.

Many races have not been called, and might not be definitive for weeks. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules in New York State were changed to allow anyone eligible to vote to cast an absentee ballot.

Brad Klein/WAER News

Election results in the Central New York area mirror those nationwide … some paint a clear picture while others remain blurred.  Voters cast their ballots for congressional candidates, as well as those for state senate and assembly seats, and other local officials. 

(Onondaga County Vote Totals click here)

Katie Zilcosky / WAER News

WAER’s staff of reporters has been covering the election through the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight for racial justice, and the fiscal challenges on local and national levels--for months. We talk to our reporters on what they've heard throughout the election cycle and what they heard at the polls on Election Day.

CNYers Hit the Polls on Final Day of 2020 Voting; Here's What They Had to Say

Nov 3, 2020
Geoffrey Goose / WAER News

WAER reporters fanned out across Onondaga County Tuesday to catch voters as they cast their ballots at their polling places.  Most sites were fairly busy considering more than 59,000 people voted during the nine days of early voting, and more than 53,000 submitted absentee ballots.