Rain and wind couldn’t keep voters away from the polls today. Crowds of people whipped out their rain coats and umbrellas to vote in what one voter said is the most important midterm election since the Vietnam War.
“This may be the most important election of my life and I think it is for a lot of Americans. I say that because I see this country more divided than it’s been since the mid to late 60s when Vietnam was going on and when cities were on fire, literally,” voter Larry Stern said. “There was a lot of divisiveness and the country was very polarized then, but I think it’s even more so now. So I urge everyone, everybody, millennials across the board to get out and vote.”
Stern is 65 years old and has voted in every election since the age of 18.
He voted at Elmwood Elementary School, one of two polling places in the 12th ward of Syracuse. As of 10:30 a.m., over 230 people had voted at this polling place, including Samantha Whatley, a mother who brought her young son Nolan along.
“I also just want him to feel like voting is a regular thing that people are supposed to do. So I want him to just kind of get used to the experience of voting,” Whatley said.
She added that she is a registered Democrat and chose to vote for Dana Balter. “I just feel like she’s pretty progressive and I feel like that’s kind of something that I’m aligned with so I feel like I agree with her stances,” she said.
There is still time to go out today and vote. You can find your polling place, cast your vote, and have your opinion heard until 9:00 p.m.