Watch News10NBC TODAY’s coverage as polls opened for Election Day
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Tuesday is General Election Day. News10NBC was live from the polling place at the Academy of Medicine on East Avenue as people cast their first ballot.
Turnout is historically lower without a governor or president on the ballot. However, there are plenty of contested local races this year including for Monroe County Executive. Republican Mark Assini is up against Democratic incumbent County Executive Adam Bello. On Monday, both candidates went door-to-door to try and drum-up last minute support.
Election Day comes after nine days of early voting, which drew just over 23,300 voters in Monroe County. Early voting started in Monroe County in 2019 where just over 10,000 people took advantage. Then, the pandemic hit and more than 100,000 people cast an early ballot. Since then, the numbers have gone back down with just over 55,000 people voting early last year when the governor’s office was up.
On this year’s ballot, there are also races for county legislature, town supervisors, and races specific to the City of Rochester such as city council, city court judge, and commissioner of schools. Polls will remain open until 9 p.m. You can find your polling location and view your ballot here. On the Monroe County Board of Elections website, you can also see a full list of candidates.