CAMILLUS, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – By early afternoon, more than 1,000 voters had shown up at the Camillus Elks Lodge polling station since polls opened at 6 a.m.
Polling station manager Jill Rotella expressed her excitement that people have been showing up at the site to vote. Rotella had been at the site since it opened at 6 a.m. and had seen a variety of people coming in and out to cast their ballots.
“Just vote because it’s an important election. I don’t care who you vote for, just do it.” Rotella said.
Alexa Tropea had the same sentiments. Tropea had been unable to register to vote before Election Day, but filled out an affidavit ballot that will be counted if election officials approve her voter registration.
Tropea agreed with Rotella in urging people to vote. Tropea thinks this election cycle was quite a spectacle.
“I am just looking forward to this being over and moving on,” Tropea said.
Gitale Attimy also wanted this election to be over.
“Either way,” citizens are in trouble, she said.
“This election is a joke,” Attimy said. Neither candidate is saying anything meaningful, she added.
Attimy, an immigrant from Haiti, was a first-time voter. She was happy to vote but wished it was with better candidates. Attimy hopes the next election will be with candidates that have more to offer.
Bailey Dean, also a first-time voter, said she felt she had no choice but to vote today but “she has to choose the lesser of two evils.”
Dean, a Bernie Sander supporter, said she wasn’t going to vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump because “he has more flaws than Hillary (Clinton). They both kind of jokes.”
Dean, like Tropea and Attimy, just wants the campaign to come to an end.