Onondaga County Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny explains why this midterm was unlike any other.
“We’ll probably get around 63 to 65 percent, and that’s much higher than previous midterms. In 2014, we got 50 or 49 percent and in 2010 we got 52 percent. So this is a pretty significant jump. It’s close to presidential level turnout.”
With nearly 180 polling places across Onondaga County, Czarny says there were no significant lines or complications for voters on Election Day. The Board of Elections is now focused on counting absentee and affidavit ballots.
“We have about 10,000 absentees and about 500 affidavit ballots. Those are being reviewed right now and once the 19th comes around we will have observers from both campaigns and parties allowed to come in and watch us open the absentee ballots and count them then.”