UB will be providing an on-demand shuttle to the polls for students who are registered to vote with an on-campus address, according to UB Parking and Transportation’s website.
The shuttle will operate from noon to 6 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) and transport students to and from Sweet Home High School, the polling site for students registered to vote using an on-campus address. Students can call the shuttle using the TransLoc app and be picked up from the Governors Complex, the Ellicott Complex or Lee Loop.
The shuttle will not take students to other polling sites. Students registered to vote elsewhere will have to find their own transportation to the ballot box if they wish to vote and haven’t already requested an absentee ballot.
The biggest race on the ballot for those registered to vote on and around UB’s North Campus is the race for Erie County Executive. Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz will need to fend off a challenge from Republican business owner Chrissy Casilio in order to win a fourth term as the executive of Western New York’s most populous county. The race has been defined by, among other issues, Poloncarz’s decision to welcome asylum seekers from New York City, tax policies, and scandals affecting both Poloncarz and Casilio. The two candidates both earned their bachelor’s degrees at UB.
Other races on the ballot at the Sweet Home High School polling site include county legislator for the legislature’s fifth district, Amherst town council member and Amherst highway superintendent. No federal or state races will be on the ballot this year.
Polls across the state are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 according to the New York State Board of Elections. Just over 36,000 people have voted early in Erie County, according to The Buffalo News. More information about voting in Erie County can be found at the Erie County Board of Elections’ website.
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