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Polls open at 282 sites across Monroe County on Tuesday, and Republican Monroe County Elections Commissioner Lisa Nicolay said this is the beginning of a long process. 

She said she anticipates a long and busy day but expects lines to be minimal thanks to early voting, which more than 105, 000 residents took part in. Nicolay said her team expects to be counting votes past midnight, but their work will be far from done.

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Early voting began in New York state on Saturday, and continues through Nov. 1,  two days before Election Day.

There were long lines when polls opened at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Phoenix Graphics, which printed the ballots, is responding to the ballot printing problem. Sal DeBiase, President,  of the company issued this statement:

Spurned Democratic legislators form breakaway bloc

Aug 26, 2020
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Four Democratic Monroe County legislators announced Wednesday that they have formed their own caucus, effectively breaking away from the bulk of their party colleagues.

The group also submitted legislation seeking funding for their independent bloc, known as the Black and Asian Democratic Caucus, monies that would be drained from the Democratic caucus.

In a sign that their request may be successful, Legislature President Joe Carbone, a Republican, immediately accepted the measure for legislators to consider.

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Monroe County legislators on Tuesday put off voting on a long-awaited measure to confirm the appointment of a county Democratic elections commissioner at the request of the party's leadership.

Assistant Minority Leader Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, a Democrat representing northeast and northwest portions of Rochester, asked that the measure to appoint Jackie Ortiz as the elections commissioner be pulled pending the outcome of litigation regarding the position. 

The June 23 primary was the first in New York to allow all voters the option of casting their ballots by mail. Under an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, registered voters could cite the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for filling out an absentee ballot.

The New York State Legislature held a hearing Tuesday on the primary elections to find out what went right and what went wrong.


The Monroe County Democratic Committee on Saturday selected Rochester City Councilmember Jackie Ortiz to be the new Democratic Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioner, pending approval from the county legislature. 

The vote took place at Genesee Valley Park. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, committee members stayed in their cars and their votes were collected from them, following health and safety protocols.

There will soon be a new Board of Elections Commissioner for Monroe County, and it’s a position that has a lot of sway in regards to voter access. We talk to the candidates for the position about how they view elections: how can they become more accessible? What do they think of automatic registration, early voting, current registration deadlines, and more?

Our guests:

  • Nicole Hushla Re
  • Ashley Gantt

*Colleen Anderson was invited to join this conversation and agreed to participate, but was then unable to attend due to a conflict.