Election Day, Schlection Day. Who cares? - The Buffalo News

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Election Day, Schlection Day. Who cares?

Far more adult Western New Yorkers didn't vote Tuesday than did.

Only 33 percent of the 624,281 registered voters in Erie County bothered to vote in the race for Erie County sheriff, for example.

And there's more than 100,000 other adult Erie County residents who aren't even registered to vote.

Here's how some Buffalo area residents explained their lack of interest in picking who will be the next Erie County sheriff, county legislators, town supervisors and other local office holders.

Amanda Corcino, 21, a Buffalo State student and registered Democrat, said she voted for the first time last fall, supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for president. But this year she skipped Election Day.

“I’m really not interested,” Corcino said. “I haven’t been keeping up with politics.”

“No one is talking about the election at all,” she said of her friends, as she stood outside Caffe Aroma on Elmwood Avenue.

Logan Thompson, an Elmwood Village resident, is 23 and is not registered to vote.

“I am unfortunately one of those people who believes voting doesn’t make a big impact," he said.

Thompson said he would have voted last fall in the presidential race if he lived in a swing state. But the electoral college makes any single vote meaningless in blue states like NY, he said.

Thompson said he moved from Rochester to Buffalo about a year ago, and hasn't gotten interested in local races yet.

Paul Keefe, 47, of Sloan, was walking his dog Ozzie Tuesday afternoon in Cheektowaga.

"Politicians are not who they say they are," he said, explaining why he didn't vote.

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