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Keane wins in Kids voting

Republican newcomer Chris Collins easily swept to victory as Erie County executive on Nov. 6, but Democrat James Keane was the choice of a narrow majority of young Erie County residents who participated in Kids Voting. The tally was 12,861 votes for Keane and 11,519 votes for Collins.

Katie Biggie, coordinator of Kids Voting Western New York and education outreach coordinator for UB, says this is the first year Kids Voting used computerized balloting, although young voters in the City of Buffalo could choose paper or computer ballots. "We think it went really well," Biggie said. "For our first year, we had 30,999 students vote. We were really pleased. This was all-new territory for us. We weren't quite sure how many students were going to vote, if it was going to be well-received."

People under 18 voted in 27 school districts in Erie and Niagara counties, and the tally for all candidates includes votes from 13 parochial schools, two charter schools and 16 Buffalo Public Schools. (Paper ballot totals were tallied separately.)
As part of the Kids Voting effort, UB is working with high schools to register students to vote and signed up 83 new voters in the first one at McKinley High School.

Here are totals in the county executive race:

School/District Chris Collins Jim Keane

Akron Central 374 359

Alden 681 494

Amherst 419 437

Annunciation 56 27

Bennett Park 52 41

BPS School 84 47 58

Brant Elementary 16 23

Cheektowaga 816 1,133

Maryvale 343 401

Cheek-Sloan 149 193

City Honors 45 169

Clarence 1,082 510

Depew 168 187

Lydia Wright 172 253

East Aurora 444 418

Sedita School 30 65 44

Frontier 1,287 1,767

Grand Island 1,126 1,184

Iroquois 712 682

Ken-Ton 540 730

Lake Shore 635 757

Lancaster 589 762

Middle College 6 23

Nardin 117 105

Notre Dame 39 214

Pinnacle Charter 99 136

Poplar 11 43 70

Queen of Heaven 144 159

S. Buffalo Catholic 66 108
Springville-Griffith 339 393

St. Ambrose 2 1
St. Mark 85 85

Sweet Home 128 174

Tonawanda 552 548
Paper ballots: 422 150

TOTALS: 11,515 12,861

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