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716 Votes! is a civic initiative of Open Buffalo to engage, educate and activate people of color, ages 16 to 25, to increase voter registration and participation in the 2020 election and beyond. We are working to build lasting community capacity for systemic change, both during and outside election seasons. 716 Votes! is rooted in empowerment, training and leadership. Our objective is to first assist youth to heal from community traumas, and then teach them how to become advocates for racial equity, social justice, and policy change.
The 2020 Election Cycle includes these offices to be elected: Offices/Candidates Up For Election
To check your voter registration status, and more, click here Voter Information
October 9: Deadline to register or re-register to vote (must be postmarked by October 9)
Register to vote today in the form below for the November general election
October 27: Deadline to request an absentee/mail-in ballot (must be postmarked by October 27)
**It is highly recommended that although the deadline is October 27 for an absentee ballot application to be received by the Board of Elections, the request should be submitted as soon as possible - the earlier the better.
AND, a first-class $.55 stamp is REQUIRED to mail your ballot to the Board of Elections.
- Review the ABSENTEE BALLOT PRINTABLE APPLICATION & GUIDELINES and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee
- Fill out the application completely or complete online ONLINE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION
- Submit the request to your local election office (or complete online). You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it as soon as possible.
October 24-November 1: Early Voting
Early voting allows you to vote in person at a poll site within your county for nine (9) days, beginning Saturday, October 24, 2020 through Sunday, November 1, 2020. You do not need to have a reason or excuse to vote early.
37 poll sites throughout Erie County will be open (10 in the City of Buffalo).
Click here for sites: Early Voting Locations
November 2: Absentee but submitting in person - last day to get an absentee ballot in person and last day to submit/postmark
November 3: General Election
All polling sites in Erie County will be open for in-person voting from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- In the 2017 city and county election, only 10% of youth ages 18 to 30 turned out to vote.
- In the 2016 presidential election, youth turnout was just 43%.
- For all voters, the turnout was 34% in the 2017 city/county election, and 66% in 2016 presidential election.