The first Tuesday of November always marks election day. Today is no different.
It is the midterm elections and people are gathering at polling places to fill out their ballots. Polls have been set up at many different locations in Syracuse, including at churches, high schools, and libraries. Some of the issues being voted on this year relate to health care, gun safety and national security.
One voter at the Hazard Library Branch poll, local entrepreneur Chuck Smith, said he has only missed one year of voting in his life, and that was the year a district attorney ran unopposed.
He said that people should vote “because you should exercise your constitutional rights…to choose the leaders of our country.”
Smith also adds that despite its flaws, democracy is “the best system in the world.”
Another voter at Hazard Library, local pastor Ron Warne, said the increased voter registration in Onondaga County shows that more people are engaged and passionate about the elections this year.
“Voting is important because it’s of the people, by the people, for the people, and the people are in charge and we get the government that we vote for,” Warne said.
The polls have been open since 6 a.m. today and will remain open until 9 p.m. Voters in New York are also eligible to fill out absentee ballots for various reasons, those of which include illness, absence from the State of New York and confinement in prison.