CICERO, N.Y. (DIA) — Abortion rights were the central issue for female voters at Cicero Town Hall.
At least four women mentioned abortion rights as a motivation for turning up to vote in the midterm election.
“Reproductive rights are very important to me,” Cicero resident Becky Roma said. “So I definitely want abortion access to be available, continue to be available in New York State and then across the country as well.”
Abortion rights were a central issue in the competitive Congressional race for the 22nd District between Francis Conole (D) and Brandon Williams (R).
Roma said the abortion rights issue was influential to get her to the polls in 2022.
“I missed a few years — nobody’s perfect, but I think there’s a lot definitely a lot more information out,” Roma said. “So [it] definitely was an influence on me to make sure I came out and voted and I think a lot more people are talking about it this year than some other years as well.”
Gina Rommel, a hairdresser from Cicero, mirrored Roma’s reasoning for coming out to vote Tuesday.
“Just as a woman, just us women and our grandkids and our granddaughters and, you know — it’s important,” Rommel said.
Rommel also mentioned the economy as a primary motivation to vote this year. Fellow resident Karen Pierson also cited the economy and inflation as reasons she came to cast her ballot.
“I work at a grocery store, and I see the prices going up every time I go to work,” Pierson said. “It’s not very pleasant, especially for the older people. They’re having a hard time. So we have to — we got to do something.”
Voter turnout in the northern Syracuse suburb was high Tuesday morning. Poll workers at the Cicero Town Hall site collected 110 votes by 9:30 a.m. and 124 votes by 10:30 a.m. — far outpacing the less than 100 that the site received in a full day during the primaries earlier in 2022.
The polling places closed at 9 p.m. Results are available on the Onondaga County Board of Elections’ website.