Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — This year’s local elections in New York state featured a new way of voting. Residents of New York state had the option to participate in early voting, casting their ballots before November 5. While early voting seems like a proactive way to vote, some residents would rather show up directly to their polling locations on Election Day.
Syracuse resident Andrea Wandersee says she likes to vote in person to celebrate Election Day.
“I haven’t missed an election since I was 18,” she said. “I did consider doing early voting because a lot of my friends are pushing that and I think it’s important we have option, but I love Election Day.”
But other Central New Yorkers have different reasons for opting out of early voting. Paul LaDolce says that he fears information on candidates could change too close to Election Day, and would rather wait until the last minute to cast his ballot.
“Personally, you never know what happens on the last day before an election,” he said.
Onondaga County’s participation in early voting was higher than the New York state average, but it was still lower than one of the County Election Commissioners had hoped for this year.