WNY Election Day Reactions

WNY Says: Big Turnout, Little Wait

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- For many in Western New York, voting went smoothly. 

However, some voters shared some unexpected difficulties and disappointments, from voting machines not working to not receiving an expected "I voted" sticker. 

An issue that concerned a voter at the South Line Fire Hall in Cheektowaga was being I.D.'d even though they had already voted in the past -- which is against the law. 

2 On Your Side's Stephanie Barnes took this issue to the Erie County Democratic Board of Election Commissioner Len Lenihan. 

"It's usually a first time voter, they'll go into the booth and the inspector will open up to their page, to their name and they will find that perhaps the application wasn't signed, or we don't have the last four digits of their social security number. So, what we try to do is finish the file," he said. "And in order to do that, we do ask for an ID."


Jammed voting machines were another issue. 

By the end of the day, around 4,000 people had passed through just one fire hall in Lancaster to vote. This caused the machines to become overwhelmed. Viewers also said they were having issues with voting machines in Amherst, Williamsville, and Buffalo. 

2 On Your Side's Danny Spewak looked into the issue and found there is no need for voters to be concerned about their vote counting -- ballots are put in an emergency bin. At the end of the night, they are then scanned and counted with the rest of the votes.  

Lenihan said they'd received 20-25 reports of jammed machines, causing ballots to be put in emergency bins.

But Danny also found that when a machine gets jammed, there are teams that quickly come and fix them -- or replace them if necessary. 

Perhaps the most widespread and talked about issue was a lack of "I voted" stickers at polls in Western New York. 

According to a statement, in Erie County the decision not to have the stickers at polling places was made by the county to save money. 

2 On Your Side's Dave McKinley said he received a sticker after voting in Monroe County. 

However, those who would like to make sure they can show off their patriotism next year can order the stickers from a variety of sources online, including Etsy and Redbubble.


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