Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s frantic, hectic and everything that the night before Election Day should be.
The presidential candidates, as well as local candidates, are making one last, exhausting push to win votes.
President Obama and Mitt Romney were just 10 miles apart from each other in Columbus Ohio, where they worked to convince voters who was right for the job.
One thing we know for sure: It’s a tight race. Recent polls put Obama and Romney neck-and-neck heading into the election, which could stretch into a week – if not longer.
“Because it may come down to a few swing states and there are going to be some legal challenges to votes, if one or two of those swing states are close we could have another Florida in 2000. I think it’s unlikely, but it’s quite possible,” said SUNY Oswego Political Science Professor Bruce Altschuler.
Closer to home, it’s possible the race for the 24th District Congressional seat could again drag on for weeks, like it did two years ago when then challenger Ann Marie Buerkle defeated incumbent Dan Maffei by just 748 votes, especially if their lawyers are present again when absentee ballots are counted. There are more than 14,000 in Onondaga County alone.
“Because they want to look at every envelope and every application and you have to flip them over when you take the ballots out they’ve got to examine those. They object to things right and left, so it just delays the process,” said Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Helen Kiggins Walsh.
Close or not, Kiggins Walsh says the Board of Elections will follow the same procedure. Machine votes will be recanvassed, followed by an audit.
"We randomly draw three percent of the voting systems and actually hand count the ballots that were scanned through to make sure the scanners are working properly,” Kiggins Walsh continued.
Absentee ballots will then be opened and counted on November 15. There is one factor Buerkle and Maffei didn’t have to contend with in 2010: Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum.
"The campaign between the two major candidates has been so relentlessly negative that it's possible that she may get as much as eight or nine percent of the vote, which could, depending on who she takes votes from, it's probably more Maffei than Buerkle, could have a major effect on the outcome,” Altschuler said.
Remember, due to redistricting, your polling place may be somewhere else tomorrow. The Onondaga County Board of Elections was inundated with calls today. They strongly encourage you to use their polling place lookup feature on their website