Early Voting Results in Totals Below Expectations Despite Mayoral Race | Local News

Just three days away from one of the most intense mayoral races in Buffalo history, India Walton and Byron Brown took to the streets on Saturday to shake hands, distribute candy and persuade all undecided voters to join them.

“We think it’s pretty good,” he said, noting that many voters on early sites were asking for his “Write Down Byron Brown” stamps to use in his writing effort.

Walton’s campaign made no comment except to note that volunteers would show up with Walton signs at various early voting locations across town.

Zellner, who is also chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party and a Walton supporter, said South Buffalo voters at Tosh Collins Senior Center continue to have the highest turnout to date, with around 2 700. This compares to approximately 1,900 at the Delevan-Grider Community Center on the East Side, 1,600 at the Theodore Roosevelt inaugural site on Delaware Avenue, and 2,200 at the North Buffalo Community Center.

“South Buffalo still has the highest turnout in the city,” Zellner said.

While no one makes predictions, South Buffalo is set to become a Brown Stronghold due to its high concentration of police, firefighters and other city workers reportedly in its camp.

Since defeating incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown in the Democratic primary in June, Walton has gone from “India Who?” universally recognized in the streets of Buffalo.

Walton, however, rejected much of South Buffalo’s early votes. Noting that voters can advance polls at any polling station in the county, she said some of South Buffalo’s votes could come from strikers at Mercy Hospital who support her.

Zellner, meanwhile, also noted another potential advantage of the mayor in the low number of young voters (often seen as Walton supporters) in the early totals.


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