ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Monroe County Board of Elections released turnout data that says there’s been an uptick in voters this year when compared to the last two county election cycles in 2015 and 2011.
Polls are closing soon and today’s trend of increased voter turnout has sustained from early this morning through the last hour of voting.
As of 8:30 p.m. 35% of registered voters had cast their ballots, according to the Monroe County Board of Elections. That is up from 28% in 2015, and 31% in 2011 in the same time parameters.
The rise in turnout, however subtle, is noteworthy — not just because there was some rainy and cold weather this morning that could have prevented voters, but because these numbers don’t account for the early voting totals as well.
Nearly 14,000 Monroe County voters (13,892 to be exact) participated in early voting, which was allowed in New York state for the first time in history.
Adding those early voting numbers with the increased turnout on Election Day, so far, means a substantial increase of votes cast by 8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. turnout
The earlier increases reported continued into the evening on Election Day.
As of 5 p.m. Monroe County Board of Elections officials said 25% of registered voters cast their ballot — an increase from the past two county elections years. In the same time frame, 2015’s elections had 20% turnout and 2011 had 21% by 5 p.m.
In the city of Rochester, 19% of registered voters submitted ballots by 5 p.m. and 28% did so in Rochester’s neighboring towns.
5:30 p.m. turnout
Continuing on the morning’s trend, voter turnout in Monroe County is higher than in previous county election years.
As of 2:30 p.m. 19% of registered voters in the county had cast their ballot, according to officials. That figure is higher than 14% in 2015 and 16% in 2011 under the same time frames.
Across Rochester, the BOE says 15% of city residents voted and 23% did so in neighboring towns.
2:30 p.m. turnout
A total of 8% Monroe County registered voters came out to vote so far, as of 10:30 a.m. That’s up from 7% in both 2015 and 2011.
10:30 a.m. turnout
Check back with News 8 as we will continue to update these numbers throughout Election Day.
More election coverage:
- Election Day 2019 voter guide: Every race, every candidate in Monroe County
- Election Day history: 147 years ago today Susan B. Anthony illegally voted
- Town hall with Monroe County District Attorney candidates Sandra Doorley and Shani Curry Mitchell
- Town Hall with Monroe County Executive candidate Adam Bello