LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) — While schools in Liverpool stayed closed for administrative conferences, parents and grandparents taught their children and grandchildren lessons in democracy.
Syracuse firefighter Tom Hawley brought his 6-year-old daughter Clara to the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway to watch him vote.
“My mom always took me,” Tom Hawley said. “It’s only natural to bring my daughter and show her the process of voting. I hope she’d learn that it’s a very important thing to do. It doesn’t take that long to vote and it only takes a couple of minutes out of your day. It’s just the right thing to do.”
“You should vote all the time,” Clara Hawley said.
Sixth grader Pei MacBlane came to the polls for the second year in a row with his grandparents Bob and Sue Rubino.
“I think it’s amazing,” MacBlane said. “It’s a cool experience because then when you’re older, you’ll know how to vote.”
“It’s an ongoing tradition,” retired teacher Bob Rubino said. “We try to get to as many elections as we possibly can, either state, federal or local.”
Ever since her parents first brought her inside a voting booth in the 1970s, real estate broker Roberta Smith has made a commitment to bring multiple generations of her family to the polls with her.
“Last year, I brought my grandchildren with me to this polling place and showed them how to vote,” Smith said. “It’s a family tradition that I make sure my family knows and understands.”
“You can’t change things unless you vote,” she said. “It’s important to vote, even in small elections.”