Community Engagement Awards

 

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Yesterday, the Board of Elections was invited to Binghamton University's "Engaged Binghamton" summit so that Republican Commissioner Bob Nielsen and Democratic Deputy Commissioner Mariliz Pines could be recognized for their Community Engagement efforts with Binghamton University.

 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought we'd visit Ireland and the way they run their popular elections.

The primary difference in voting (we won't get that deeply into governmental design) is that Irish elections are conducted with a ranking system as opposed to our 'vote for one' system.  An Irish ballot lists candidates and the voter ranks them in order of preference, using the number 1 for favorite, on down to the number of candidates in the race.

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Let's Talk About Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement sounds official.
It sounds painful, and academic.
It sounds like homework.

This couldn't be further from the truth.

Civic Engagement means getting involved.
It means helping, and sharing.
It means taking a stand for what you believe.

When you engage yourself, you recharge your civic batteries.  You are a positive member of society, not a negative drain.

There are 4 main types of personalities when we talk about Civic Engagement. 

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Visual Election Results

I am a numbers guy.  I like to play with them in spreadsheets and databases.

That said, it is always great to see data transformed from columns and rows into graphical representations.  This morning we received a link from Doug English, the Broome County GIS Administrator, which shows Election Results from selected races from this past General Election and others, going back to 2004.

Selected Election Result Maps

Please click on the Election Results tab (on the far right) to see the maps that Doug has created over the years.

Enjoy!

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Updates and Changes

After listening to your suggestions over the past few months, we are looking at some significant updates and revamps to BroomeVotes.com.  If you have any specific areas you feel we need to address, or do a better job on, please drop a line to sean@broomevotes.com.  Stay tuned for the new functionality!

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A Year in Elections

It's been quite a year at the Board of Elections.  We launched our new website, BroomeVotes.com.  We established a new Adopt a Polling Place program, and made it through three separate elections.  

We look forward to 2015 with great anticipation.

Please be safe and have a Happy New Year.  

 

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The Results Are In!

It's been a long month of counting, canvassing, and certifying, but today we are proud to announce that the General Election has been audited and certified, and the final results are in.

The Board of Elections would like to thank the many staffers and poll workers who worked so hard to complete this election.

It is now time to take a deep breath and get ready for 2015!

Official Election Results are available here.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Broome County Board of Elections would like to wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!  We will be out of the office beginning today at 3 PM until Monday at 8:30 AM.  Drive safely!

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Selfie Challenge Winners!

The Broome County Board of Elections would like to congratulate our selfie challenge winners!

We got so many great contributions that it was difficult to pick just one winner.  So we broke it up into 3 categories.  Single, Multi, and Funny, for those of you who took it less seriously.

On to our winners!

In the single category, the award goes to @Bambry :  

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For the multi-shot winners, its Sara and Keith Godoy:

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and for the funniest contribution, we liked Jevin:

Each winner will receive a $25.00 Shutterfly gift certificate.

Congratulations to our winners! 

 

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Absentee Testing and Counting

Today we test our Absentee Counting System in preparation for next Thursday's Absentee and Affidavit Counting.

To reiterate an earlier blog post - every valid ballot we receive gets counted.  No matter how close or distant the race may be.  If you voted, and voted properly, your vote is tallied.

We take that very seriously.

There are a couple of close races in which Absentees will play a role.  We will keep you posted here as to how those races turn out.

Have a great weekend!

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