DEWITT, N.Y. (DiA)- The polls are open in Central New York today, and voters are making their way over to booths to cast their votes. Many critical races are happening on this year’s ballots; the biggest one is the Syracuse mayoral race.
Local and state elections typically end up with lower voter turnout. However, Donna Miller, a longtime voter and resident in Central New York, consistently votes in general and local elections because she feels it’s essential to stay updated with politics.
“I vote every time, always, and I try to keep up with news and what’s going on like the propositions”, Miller said. “I just try to keep up with politics”.
However, one of the most significant issues that faces voter turnout this year, not just in Central New York but across the country, is concern over the legitimacy of the voting process. After a year full of claims that the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged, many people are concerned that future elections, including this year’s elections, may also be rigged. Hearing about how many people have grown suspicious about the voting process makes Miller feel uneasy about the protection of our democracy.
“I think that’s sad,” Miller said. “I really do fear for our democracy if we don’t wake up.”
In response to the people that have become hesitant in voting due to the ongoing claims of fraudulent elections, the loyal voter has a strong message.
“For goodness sakes, don’t live in your own little world. At least find out what’s going on in the world”, Miller emphasized.
The New York State Attorney General’s office is also reassuring people that this year’s election season will again be safe for voters with fair and legitimate results.
Polls across Central New York will be open until 9 P.M.