By Luke McGrath Manlius, N. Y. (NCC News) — Tuesday morning at the Pompey Town Hall brought in a wave of voters from the Manlius hamlets third and sixth districts.
Part of that wave of voters included Mary Kathleen Burke and her five children. Burke’s goal was to show her kids that if you want to see change you have to go out and vote.
“It’s our responsibility and I’m of the opinion that you can’t complain that the system is broke if you didn’t do anything to help try and fix it,” Burke said. “So it’s all part of doing the research and finding out, you know, knowing where you stand on issues and finding out where the candidates stand on issues and making sure that you are voting your conscience.”
Both Burke and the rest of the staff at the polling site made sure Burke’s children absorbed the process allowing them to fill in the ballot with their Mom and making sure each child got a sticker afterwards.
Linda Meyers, who was selling baked goods to raise money for the Town of Pompey Historical Society said that if you want to make a difference you have to vote.
“If people don’t get out and vote then you live with what there is and I think it’s our responsibility to push to get every age, 18 right up through to 118, vote. You have a chance to hear your voice and let it be said,” Meyers said.
Although Meyers cited a 100 year age range, she later focused on college students as the group that needs to pick it up in the polls.
“I think that is something that we need to work harder on and we need to encourage college students, who often times don’t really think that they can go somewhere to vote when in fact they really can and the opportunity is there for them to have absentee voting,” Meyers said.
The polls close Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. to see more election coverage in Onondaga County, go to http://dia-cny.syr.edu/