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2021 Candidate Forums

See 2021 League of Women Voters candidate forums on our YouTube Channel.

Co-sponsored by BABJ and WUFO Radio, watch Ben Carlisle, Jaz Miles, India Walton and Byron Brown answer media and audience questions at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library (WGRZ via YouTube, 09/09/2021)

The final Buffalo mayoral debate was sponsored by St Joseph's Collegiate Instutute and featured candidates India Walton, Byron Brown, and Benjamin Carlisle. Candidates' opening statements begin at 13:10 (WIVB, 10/27/2021)

2021 Ballot Proposals

Our 2021 VOTERS GUIDE PART II was devoted to coverage of the five proposals that were on the November 2021 ballot, as was the October LWVBN program, Our Future is on the Ballot, presented by LWVBN, the NAACP, and SANYS.

2021 General Election Results

Erie County absentee and mail-in vote totals expected Tuesday

See the 2021 canvass schedule for details.

Walton: "It seems unlikely" she will win Mayoral race

India Walton stated that it is unlikely she will defeat Byron Brown once all the write-in votes are tallied in the Buffalo Mayoral race. The mail-in ballots won't be tallied until after November 9, 2021. The election will be certified on or before November 27. (WBEN, 11/03/2021)

Election Night Results

Preliminary Election Results are available at the Erie County Board of Elections and at the Niagara County Board of Elections WIVB (television channel 4) has election results for Erie County and Niagara Counties all on one page (as well as results for Chautauqua and Allegany Counties and preliminary WNY totals for the five statewide ballot proposals). Please note that absentee and mail-in ballots and write-in votes are not included in these unofficial tallies. See how the five ballot proposals fared statewide at the New York State Board of Elections web site.

How write-in ballots are marked and counted

WKBW explains how the write-in votes will be counted and WIVB points out that we may not know the winner of the Buffalo mayor's race for weeks. The Erie County Board of Elections is required to certify the election by November 27th, and the BoE will not count write-in votes until at least 10 days after the election. In tight races, there is also a chance that the count may be challenged in court.

2021 Dates and Deadlines

  • Days of Early Voting were October 23-31
  • Election Day was Tuesday, November 2
  • Mailed absentee ballots were required to be postmarked no later than November 2 and are due at the appropriate Board of Elections by November 9, 2021.
  • The Erie County Board of Elections is required to certify the election by November 27, 2021

Looking forward to 2022

In 2022, New Yorkers will be electing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, AG and Comptroller; members of Congress (House and Senate), and members of the State Assembly and State Senate. Some county, town and village offices will also be on the ballot.

February 2022 Deadline to change party affiliation in time to vote in the Primary Election

April 2022 Candidate petitions due

June 2022 Primary Election

November 2022 General Election

Watch this page for updates as they happen.