SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Election Day has arrived in Onondaga County. Local residents can head out and vote at their local designated stations. Voters aren’t the only people who have a voice on Election Day, however. The volunteers who work the stations are who make all of this happen.
Jim Steever is the Voting System Specialist this year at the Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church. He has been doing this for 19 years. He enjoys it just as much as he enjoys his right to vote.
“The people,” Steever said. “And working with election inspectors that you have over the past years. It’s a good group of people to work with.”
This year, Central New Yorkers got to experience a new method behind the voting madness. The early voting system was put into place this year, which allowed residents to head to the polls weeks in advance of this year’s elections. Steever said he believes the system was a success.
“Very receptive for those who have been made aware of the early voting system,” Steever said. “They’ve been very receptive of it. I’ve noticed more so this year. There seems to be a larger drive to get out and vote than there has been in the past.”
Steever was very straightforward on how important it is to vote, especially at the local level.
“Never give up your right to vote,” Steever said. “Whatever you do, never, never, never give up your right to vote. And remember a lot of people have sacrificed and are still sacrificing their lives or livelihood to give us this right to vote.”
The polls close at 9 p.m., Tuesday night.