SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections.
Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s use to doing it the traditional way.
“I just knew that I could stop down the street from my house on Election Day and it was more familiar for me to do it this way,” Smith said.
Smith, who moved to Syracuse two years ago from Baldwinsville, also said she noticed the the sign in process was different – she said she was in and out a lot quicker than she was in previous years.
“It was easy, I was only in there for five minutes,” Smith said.
Onondaga County’s voter turnout is higher this year compared to recent similar elections. Poll workers at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Teal Avenue said about 100 people cast their ballots by 3:00 p.m. with the hopes about 300 people would have cast their ballot by time the polls closed at 9:00 p.m.
Onondaga County executive, district attorney and county comptroller are all up for grabs. With each candidate having different viewpoints and platforms to reach voters, Rico Bruner, also an Onondaga County resident, said it’s a process for him to figure out who he’s casting his vote for.
“I went by what was marketed… in the media… and research…and what I felt were most important subjects than others,” Bruner said.