Marcellus, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Voters filled local schools and community centers across America today to participate in the 2016 presidential election. But this surely was not the first day of its kind for Marcellus resident Howard Carey, who has voted in every election for more than 50 years.
Carey, a former social studies teacher, walked out of the Marcellus Fire Department into the sunny afternoon, reminiscing on a voting day that he was much more happy to be a part of. Back in the sixties, he said, was when he had hope for America.
“When Kennedy ran. I thought that campaign was well done. I followed the debates and everything.”
When asked if he followed the 2016 campaign as closely he said, “Unfortunately, yes. But we are stuck with what they gave us.”
Casey said it was the worst campaign he has seen since he began voting as a teenager. Because of this, he said, there was only one way to choose whom to vote for.
“I think we will lose more with one candidate than the other. And so that’s how I voted. The lesser of the two evils, which is terrible way to put it, but that’s how I look at it.”
Carey said that as much as he does not want either candidate in office, it all comes down to his right as a citizen to vote. But regardless of who wins, Casey does not see a bright future for America.
“Either way, I think we are going to lose.”