Voters See Midterm Elections as Important
By Ella Mulligan
BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (DIA) – Election Day is one of the most important days of the year, giving citizens a chance to make their voices heard on who they wish to represent them. The Lysander Town Building in Baldwinsville is seeing a great turnout of both families and individual voters, who have arrived to show their support for their candidates and change the face of both their county and their state. Election Day represents a time for people both young and old, new voters and frequent ones to come and make their voice heard and do their civic duty. For some voters they’e here because of what voting means to them.
“We do it every year because it’s important to us to make sure we have people where they need to be,” says Karen Buchwald when talking about her and her husband’s voting patterns.
For this year’s midterms, Central New Yorkers have the ability to vote for multiple different positions. On the ballot are votes for governor, attorney general, local members of Congress and many more. However, an interesting trend in voting habits shows that some people don’t turn out to vote for midterms like they do presidential elections. According to fairvote.org, voter turnout for the midterm elections in 2018 was only fifty percent compared to the almost seventy percent in the 2020 presidential election. For the Buchwalds they have a different view, they believe that voting in the midterms is just as important and they call on the new voters in their county to make a difference.
“Don’t be afraid to do it. It’s your right and your privilege, you should be here. Pay attention to the issues and know who you’re voting for,” says John Buchwald.
Polling centers in Onondaga County, like the Lysander Town Building, will remain open until 9 P.M. tonight and results will begin to be released when the polls close.