Different Issues Are Driving Voters To The Polls This Year
By Laddie Springer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DIA) — Sumner Head Start School and P.E.A.C.E. INC. is usually filled with young kids getting an early education. On election day, it becomes one of the many polling locations in Central New York. Although the polling workers and the site manager described it as a quiet polling place, I still wanted to see which issues were bringing people out to the polls.
Mike Warrenfeltz is an Air Force veteran and an immigrant from Germany. He is almost 70 years old and he just started voting during the 2020 Presidential Election. A couple of issues were most pressing to him.
“Well it’s a tie for me between inflation, which I guess goes within the economy and uh, crime in the streets,” said Warrenfeltz.
Alice Timken, a political science PhD student, spoke about the resignation of Representative Katko as one driving force behind her voting. On the specific issues front, one stands out to her.
“Yeah, I think that some of the ways that people, uh politicians have landed on abortion particularly has been kind of concerning,” said Timken.
Timken said she sees a disturbing trend emerging among the general public and politicians that she said must change in order to create a better and more inclusive country.
“Because right now people are talking about liberty and freedom in such an exclusive way, it doesn’t make any sense,” said Timken. “It feels really contradictory to me”.
Timken is worried about reproductive rights and gay marriage. She said policing both is antithetical to the values of “freedom and liberty” that some politicians and people claim to hold.