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News Details - November Election Certified

The Tompkins County Board of Elections has certified the results of the November 4, 2008 election. Results can viewed at

More people voted in the November 4, 2008 General Election in Tompkins County than in any previous election. Out of 54,394 active registered voters, 42,811 voted, for a turn out of 78.7%.
A record number of voters requested absentee ballots this year. 4,230 were issued, and 3,765 were returned. In that total, 127 military ballots were mailed, and 84 returned. 576 ballots were sent to US citizens living overseas, and 506 were returned.

Fewer affidavit ballots were issued than in the previous two Presidential elections. This may be because the recently enacted statewide voter database (NYSVoter) helps local boards keep more accurate registration records, and also because Tompkins County had a special voter outreach mailing before the election that helped identify problems.

This past election also marked the countywide roll out of a new ballot marking device (BMD) for voters with disabilities. Every poll site had at least one BMD. A total 22 voters decided to use this machine.

November General Election Comparisons:

Registered Voters:
2008 54,394
2004 55,210
2000 50,868

2008 42,811
2004 42,680
2000 40,351

2008 78.7%
2004 77.3%
2000 79.3%

Absentee Ballots

2008 4230
2004 3771
2000 3014

2008 3765
2004 2942
2000 2690

Affidavit Ballots

2008 746
2004 904
2000 966

2008 606
2004 667
2000 823


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