CNY Voters Aren’t Sold That “Progress Is On The Ballot”

By James Colgan, BDJ 364.03

Published on November 25, 2016

A sign points voters into the Clay Town Hall on one of the most highly anticipated election days in recent memory. (c) 2016 James Colgan

Voter Russ Sears expresses his concern over the way political process has impacted the potential for change.

CLAY, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) —¬†Election Day at the Clay Town Hall was flush with brilliant blue skies and a surprisingly warm breeze for early November in Central New York. Yet voters weren’t confident the future of the United States was as bright as the day’s afternoon sun.

“If Donald gets in, God knows what’s going to happen. If Hillary gets in, I know what’s going to happen, and it scares me,” said Russ Sears, one of many who flooded the¬†Town Hall’s polling station earlier today.

Sears’ message was not alone amongst voters Tuesday, who gave both Trump and Clinton record low favorability ratings ahead of Election Day. This stood in stark contrast to President Obama’s directive to the nation on twitter earlier in the day, which said that “progress” was at stake on the ballot.

However, selling progress to voters who’ve witnessed months of tumultuous campaigning by both candidates is anything but easy. Especially to those who, like Sears, have young children and grandchildren experiencing an election for the first time. “I would not want to want to have them watching a campaign like this ever again,” said Sears, who added that he hopes both Republican and Democratic leadership both reassess their priorities after the election is finished.