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As Voters Go To The Polls, The Effects Of The Pandemic Wane

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Enrique Lopez: As the pandemic wanes, its effect on the local elections continues.

Here at the Salina Town Hall, Voters are required to wear masks at all times.

However, poll manager, Martha Christiano says COVID did not disturb the normal voting process.

Martha Christiano: Well, obviously the masks and other safety protocols are in place, continuously cleaning that kind of thing. Other than that, it hasn’t really changed how we perform the actual voting.”>

Lopez: Christiano also says early voting and absentee ballots have become a popular option amongst voters. 

One in-person C-N-Y voter, Balliet, says why voting is so important to him.

Balliet: Well it makes you feel like you have a say of what’s going on, sometimes it does, most times it doesn’t. It’s a right that most people don’t have.

Lopez: Polls close at nine o’clock tonight.

From Liverpool, I’m Enrique Lopez.

LIVERPOOL N.Y. (DiA) –  The pandemic is still impacting polling places in Central New York as they prepare for the upcoming mayoral election.

At the Salina Town Hall, voters are required to wear masks and poll workers have to continually sanitize voting stations.

However, Martha Christiano, a poll manager, said COVID did not disturb the usual voting process.

“Well, obviously the masks and other safety protocols are in place, continuously cleaning that kind of thing,” she said. “Other than that, it hasn’t really changed how we perform the actual voting.”

Balliet, a Central New York voter who has voted in every election in his lifetime, said why voting is so important.

“Well it makes you feel like you have a say of what’s going on, sometimes it does, most times it doesn’t,” he said. “It’s a right that most people don’t have.”

Polls close tonight at nine.

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