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Marcellus Polling Place Enduring Midday Lull

The Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department is one of many voting sites in Onondaga County for this year's election day

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(Casey Fahrer)
VOTING HAS BEEN OCCURRING ALL MORNING FOR ELECTION DAY AND NOW INTO THE AFTERNOON.

TODAY’S BALLOT DOESN’T FEATURE THE NAMES LIKE DONALD TRUMP AND JOE BIDEN, BUT PEOPLE ARE STILL TURNING OUT TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS AT THE MARCELLUS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT.

ONONDAGA COUNTY RESIDENT MARLESHA MINET SAYS IT IS STILL JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND VOTE

(Marlesha Minet)
“It doesn’t matter who’s on the ballot or what’s going on in the world, I think it’s important for everybody to exercise their right to vote so that your opinion gets totaled.”

(Casey Fahrer)
ROUGHLY 500 BALLOTS HAVE BEEN CASTED AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SO FAR TODAY, ACCORDING TO POLING DIRECTOR PAMELLA GEORGE.

GEORGE SAYS THE SLOW MIDDAY TURNOUT IS SOMEWHAT EXPECTED.

(Pamella George)
“Lunchtime is over for those that were coming on their lunch break. I imagine around when they get off from work it will pick up a little bit more and um maybe after dinner.”

(Casey Fahrer)
WITH THE AFTER-DINNER RUSH COMING UP, THE POLLS ARE EXPECTED TO CLOSE HERE AT 9. FROM MARCELLUS, I’M CASEY FAHRER, NCC NEWS.

MARCELLUS, N.Y. (DiA) – As of 1 p.m., roughly 500 people have placed their ballots at the Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department.

The polls opened up early this morning and voters had been coming in steadily all day. A big rush was reported between 11 and one, but the lunch rush died down quickly.

Pamella George, the Polling Director for the site, said that it makes sense that the line earlier in the day was not going to last into the early afternoon.

“Lunchtime is over for those that were coming on their lunch break,” George stated. “I imagine around when they get off from work it will pick up a little bit more and maybe after dinner.”

The turnout was not expected to be the same as last year’s presidential election, which featured big-ticket names like Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  This year’s ballot features many more local races and amendments.

Marlesha Minet, an Onondaga County resident who came out to vote, said that regardless of the ballot, people should still come out and cast their vote.

“It doesn’t matter who’s on the ballot or what’s going on in the world,” Minet said. “I think it’s important for everybody to exercise their right to vote so that your opinion gets totaled.”

The Fire Department had a slow and steady pace of people voting earlier this afternoon. The pace is expected to increase as people get home from work and finish their dinner. The polls will remain open until tonight at 9.

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