2019 Elections

Cicero Voters Cast Their Ballots

By Scarlett Lisjak, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 7, 2019

Cicero voters express their concerns about new voting laws in New York State heading out of Believers Chapel polling location

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Voter: “Vote, period, if you don’t vote you cannot complain.”)

Reporter: Voters are pulling up to the polls this election day despite new voting laws that allow voters to vote up to ten days in advance for the first time ever in New York State, however, some voters believe that some traditions are better left unchanged… 

Voter: “Were already panicked enough as a society, there is no need to push your voting day… it’s a tradition and a right, and I think it’s only right to do it on election day.”)

Reporter: Voters are hoping that what changes are made today by standing in line, and casting their ballot at the Believers Chapel, will have greater impact Nationally…  

Voter: “No place has there been more tax and less growth, than in this state and you know everyone is talking about cleaning up the swamp in Washington we need to clean up the swamp in New York states.”

Reporter: “While most voters’ minds are made up there are still candidates outside of polling places hoping to catch that last-minute undecided voter.”

Reporter: Candidates and supporters from across party lines have a message for all voters… 

Supporter of Candidate: “Everybody has the right to vote and a lot of people don’t choose to exercise that right to vote if their registered so when people come out we the Cicero democratic Committee want to come out and say thank you to those people who are coming out and supporting their community.”

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – The polls were busy with passionate voters in Cicero at the Believers Chapel polling location. Despite voters having 10 days prior to cast their ballots, many chose to vote on election day to keep tradition like voter David Souter, who believes that some traditions should change.

“Were already panicked enough as a society, there is no need to push your voting day… it’s a tradition and a right, and I think it’s only right to do it on election day,” Souter said.

Souter says his love for New York state has made him an informed voter by researching the different candidates, and not voting along party lines.

“I like to see who has done the best job for me, who has done the best job for my community, and then who is doing a better job for me in Albany, and Nationally… I’d rather do my research just like in school and be prepared when I go to the poll,” Souter said.

Like Souter, Dick Cushman Candidate for Cicero town councilor hope  voters are making informed decisions at the polls.

“Everyone has different priorities when you look at a candidate you have to decide… if you can overlook somethings you don’t agree with for the greater good,” Cushman said.

Cushman hopes that voters are well researched and know the specific issues the community faces and acts accordingly at the polls.