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.