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Central New Yorkers Appear Comfortable Voting In-Person

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Election Day is today and voters are feeling comfortable casting their ballots in person a year after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted election season.

REPORTER: Election Day is today, and many voters are electing to vote in-person this year. Robert Crabtree, a site manager at the North Syracuse Central School District Office, says today’s turnout reminds him of pre-COVID years.

CRABTREE: ” It’s pretty steady today. To be honest this is an odd year without, um, a main, uh, race with a county executive. So, to me, this is very good!”

REPORTER: With the risks of COVID-19 still looming, some voters will stay home today–but Syracuse resident Travis Glazier feels it’s safe enough to get back to normal.

GLAZIER: ” I know that I’m only in there for a couple of minutes, I got my mask on, I hand sanitize, and it’s completely safe!”

REPORTER: Every voter and election site employee is required to wear a mask. Efforts like these ensure that voters can feel safe when they head out today.

For Democracy In Action, I’m Stephen Sklar.

CLAY, N.Y. (DiA) – Polls in New York State are now open and voters feel comfortable with voting in-person again.

Last year, the health and safety issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic derailed many voters’ plan to vote in-person. Those voters optioned to vote via absentee ballot or to not vote at all. However, this year, many of those same people have elected to head to the polls even with the risks of COVID-19 still looming. The turnout at the North Syracuse Central School District Office is close to, if not all the way, back to normal

“It’s pretty steady today,” Site Manager Robert Crabtree said. “To be honest, this is an odd year without a main race…so to me this is very good.”

There are still many voters that are not fully comfortable with the idea of in-person voting. However, there are plenty that believe it is safe enough to proceed as normal.

Take Syracuse native Travis Glazier for example. Glazier is vaccinated, but his kids are not. He risks bringing the disease back into his home and passing it off to his children  regardless of how small or large that risk may be but he didn’t let that stop him from showing up to the polls this morning.

“I know that I’m only in there for a couple of minutes, I got my mask on, I hand sanitize, and it’s completely safe,” Travis Glazier, a Syracuse resident, said.

There are statewide precautions at every polling site, including the North Syracuse Central School District Office, to ensure the safety of the voters and staff. Everyone that enters the building is required to wear a mask or else they will not be permitted to vote.

Polls across all counties in Central New York are open until 9 PM tonight.

 

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