Voters See Voting as a Civic Duty

By Tyler Dudley, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 7, 2017

Community members are coming to North Central Church to cast their votes as they hope for some change. Video produced by (c) 2017 Tyler Dudley.

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election Day is here and citizens are coming out to vote at North Central Church in the northern suburbs of Syracuse.

Poll workers were there starting at 4 a.m. to get everything in order before voters started piling in.

Some voters came with their children, significant other, or strolled in by themselves. Nonetheless, voting meant a lot to each of them.

One voter, Al Bergman, said that voting felt like his civic duty.

“It’s an individual’s duty, responsibility,” Bergman said. “People know that it’s important. You just gotta do it.”

An important topic at this polling place was taxes. For Bergman, the idea of a Constitutional Convention was of most interest to him.

Voters turned down a Constitutional Convention in 1997 and if the vote doesn’t pass this year, voters won’t be able to try again until 2037.

That’s not the only change that Bergman would like to see.

“I’d like to see a lot of the legislative processes changed. Personally I’m a big proponent for term limits,” Bergman said. “I’d like to see a lot more people on the independent ticket.”

Elections are still going on and the Syracuse mayoral race is a tight one.

Polls close tonight at 9 and all community members are encouraged to go vote.

Click here to find your polling place.