New York Begins Counting Absentee Ballots
Just like every other county in New York State, Erie County saw record numbers of people voting by mail for this year's election.
WKBW is reporting that more than 84,000 absentee ballots were received by the Erie County Board of Elections this year.
These mailed-in votes represent a more than 3-fold increase when compared to the 2016 Presidential Election.
Even though most media outlets report on the election results the night during the night on election day, those numbers are truly complete until absentee and military ballots are counted. Because of this, sometimes we won’t always know right away who the winner and/or loser are in an election.
As we have said many times, it is not our job to get the results quick. It is our job to get perfect results that are accurate
-Erie County Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner while speaking to WKBW
New York State election law requires that a certain amount of days be allowed to pass before mail-in ballots are counted. This allows for the ballots to be delivered by the postal service. This is especially important for members of the US Military who may be stationed far away from home, and where mail service might take a bit longer than what we would consider normal.
While these ballots may not have much of an effect on the Presidential Election; counting these ballots are especially important this year because we have a few local elections that were too close to call on election night.
You can get a full list of the offices that were up for election this year on the Erie County Board of Elections website.