Early Morning Voting Underway in Solvay
By Brooke Dehn
SYRACUSE, N.Y — As polling locations around the city opened their doors this morning at 6:00 am, at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center voters were up before the sun to cast their ballots. Members of the community were lined up before poll workers officially opened the doors, and more came within minutes, including voter Milton Sustache.
Unlike those who rushed to the polls before their nine-to-five, Sustache was driven to vote first thing in the morning by issues he cares about.
“I just wanted to get out there and be recognized and make sure my vote was counted. There’s a lot of things that impact this year’s election,” Sustache said.
As the voters filed into the community center within the first official hour of voting today, Sustache expressed the importance of the community showing up to have their voice heard in the election so early in the day.
“It shows that the people that we all care and just not one person is going to make a difference. I think if we all come out as a community, and it shows by being here this early in the morning, polls open at 6 and at 6:05 were here. It makes a big impact and a big difference,” Sustache said as voters walked out of the polling location.
Issues such as crime, inflation, and day-to-day life in the community were all issues considered by voters in this election. Sustache, as well as others, hope to make an impact by exercising their rights before most of the world woke up this morning.