2018 midterm elections

Voters share the reasons behind their votes

By Darianny Abreu, BDJ 464.02

Published on November 6, 2018

Syracuse citizens ensured they went out to the Danforth middle school polling place to place their votes for the midterm elections this morning. Video produced by (c) 2018 Darianny Abreu.

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Reporter: On this rainy morning, Danforth Middle school opens its doors to a population much older than its use to. People are stopping by on their way to work to vote in the midterm elections. William Scott will be voting later today as he says his kids were the first to remind him of the importance of this civil duty.

William Scott: My kids are pretty politically aware. I have a 22 year old daughter and a 24 year old daughter and they’re certainly voting today. And then I have a 15 year old son and a 13 year old son and they’re very politically aware. Matter fact before I left the house today, they’re home like many students are today, and they said are you going to vote and I said not before work, after work.

Reporter: Robin Fanning says this midterm election will define the future of this country.

Robin Fanning: Hoping we get some of the freedoms back that we had before such as letting people in our country. Thats what we ‘re all about. Not putting up fences and walls and things of that sort. I just think it matters thats how this country was built in the first place. We’re foreigners, we’re all foreigners. All of our ancestors were foreigners before. I dont think shutting people out is the answer.

Reporter: As you can see the weather is not cooperating very much today. But the rain is not stopping anyone. People are coming out with their handy umbrellas and voting. They want to make sure that they have people that represent them in congress.

Vivian Herring: Because of how the house is controlled. To me its not independent, its not equally fair. Its not representing, us the people.

Reporter: Herring says that exercising her right to vote goes beyond the beliefs she holds. She says it’s about the principal of having the ability to do it.

Vivian Herring: As a woman of 75, I feel that through the years I have seen alot, how we have fought for this right. and hopefully my grand kids and my kids will keep it up. Its so important because so many of our ancestors went through alot alot, even to the point of death to do this.

Reporter: Polling Places in Onondaga County will be open until 9 pm today. Reporting from Syracuse New York, Darianny Abreu For NCC News

People were rushing by Danforth middle school this morning without letting the rainy weather, halt their efforts to make a change in congress. Danforth is one of the many polling places across the county where people can get the opportunity to vote in the midterm elections.

People were stopping by before work to have their voice be heard. A voter says she wanted to make sure she felt represented in congress so that the country she loves could continue to be great because democracy means everything to her.

“This is the best country to live in today.” She says “If you don’t vote than don’t complain.”

Others wanted to ensure the safety of the future of their children by coming out and voting today. William Scott says his kids didn’t let him forget about his civil duty.

“Matter fact before I left the house today,” Scott says “they’re home like many students are today, and they said you’re going to vote and I said not before work, after work.”

Vivian herring a 75 year old woman notes the struggles of her ancestors in order for her to exercise her right to vote today and she wants younger generations to take advantage of that privilege.

“I feel that through the years I have seen alot,” Herring says “how we have fought for this right. and hopefully my grand kids and my kids will keep it up. Its so important because so many of our ancestors went through alot alot, even to the point of death to do this.”