Only a handful of very local races will be determined by absentee ballots, but for election afficionados its always of interest to get the final totals. This was an election cycle that was exciting on some levels with the hotly contested legislative races for Congress,State Senate and Assembly.
There also were the moribund statewide races where the inevitability of Andrew Cuomo left us one of the few states without a meaningful debate, although I enjoyed and appreciated the chance to witness in person the seven way debate at Hofstra.
Again this year, we never got to see live televised showdowns between local candidates, although Jeff Cole did work hard to get taped panel discussions on Public TV.
I was invited on TV 7 on election night to do analysis and it was fun to hang out in the newsroom for the evening, and this blog had a decent amount of traffic for the campaign season as the operatives at least seemed inclined to check in.
The coverage of campaigns migrated to the blogs and Internet with local sources like Newzjunky and the WDT's Jude Seymour becoming primary sources on the tick-tock of the campaign. Statewide bloggers led by Liz, Celeste and Jimmy drove that train.
The voting public....a little smaller again this year....was fatigued by the television ads, mailers and robocalls, but for all the money spent getting their "message" out, a good number of candidates wanted nothing to do with talking issues in real time with real people.
We had three of seven gubernatorial candidates on the HOTLINE on WATN-AM 1240. (the other winner in the race, Howie Hawkins, was in the studio live) The Congressional candidates didn't feel the need in the final weeks....we had one state senate candidate, but only after it was apparent he was in deep trouble....the Assembly and Sheriff candidates came in.
I had a couple chances to chat with legendary operative Roger Stone on the air, which was fun.
It was an interesting year, and it won't be long till the 2011 cycle starts.
Watertown Daily Times Counties will count absentee ballots this week