Elections

Election Day Brings Excited Central New Yorkers to the Polls

By Keanu Haghighi, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 7, 2018

Voters explaining why they are voting. Video produced by (c) 2018 Keanu Haghighi.

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Reporter: It’s the first Tuesday of November which means its election day in America. Citizens will be voting for their state senators all the way down to local measures within their districts.

While many people have their differences, one thing they can agree on is the importance of voting.

Peterson: “I think its our civic duty to vote, for the most part. I think everybody should vote because it gives everyone a chance to participate in our democracy.”

Reporter: Participating in the democracy means having the opportunity to directly influence local and national politics. Some believe that the country is in need of an immediate change.

Peden: “There’s just too many lies, too much racial tension. I mean its like the north and the south all over again, and its got to stop.”

Reporter: “As you can see right behind me many people have come in early to cast their votes and have their voices be heard. However, every single election there’s numerous people who don’t utilize that right to vote.”

Reporter: Emily Conway is an example of someone who used to not vote because of a lack of qualified candidates. But now she tries to make it out to the polls whenever there is an election

Conway: “Nobody is perfect. No candidate is ever going to be perfect, so waiting for that perfect candidate in order to vote doesn’t make any sense.”

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It’s the first Tuesday in November which means its election day in America. After months of campaigning and millions of dollars being donated, both Democrats and Republicans are hoping for successful turnouts from their party members.

Here in Central New York, people were up bright and early to exercise their right to vote as citizens.

“I think it’s our civic duty to vote, for the most part. I think everybody should vote because it gives everyone a chance to participate in our democracy,” said attorney Ethan Peterson.

Some voters came to the polls with one thing on their mind: Change.

“There’s just too many lies, too much racial tension. I mean its like the north and the south all over again, and its got to stop,” said Bob Pederson.

Whether voters are coming to the polls to keep the same people in power or for change, there’s still many people who don’t vote.

Emily Conway is an example of someone who used to not vote because of a lack of qualified candidates. But now she tries to make it out to the polls whenever there is an election.

“Nobody is perfect. No candidate is ever going to be perfect, so waiting for that perfect candidate in order to vote doesn’t make any sense,” said Conway.

Polls will stay open until 9 p.m. so there’s plenty of time to cast your ballot and have your voice be heard.