SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Rain poured on Onondaga County voters who decided to brave the weather and fulfill their civic duty. Voters across the county had very different reasons for voting. Voter Patricia Farrington thought that change doesn’t come quickly or easily, but voting is the most beneficial way to make sure you are represented.
“It’s important because nothing changes unless people take the steps to make it happen,” Farrington said.
Umbrellas in hand, voters made their way to the polls. An issue that seemed to be more important than the weather though, was the confusion on how particular candidates stood on certain topics. Many voters think this problem can be attributed to the amount of negative advertisements circulating on television commercials, radio ads and even in mailboxes.
Voter Emmanuel Snipes said he himself had issues determining what he should believe and what he should ignore.
“It’s hard to determine any type of truth or lies,” Snipes said.
Negative advertisements have become a major issue in the current election for county executive between incumbent Ryan McMahon and challenger Tony Malavenda.
With all the negative attention certain candidates have faced, voters feel like they haven’t been as educated on actual policy issues.
“I just think there needs to be a dividing line,” Farrington said. “Here’s what I represent, here are all the bulleted facts, here’s what I’ll do for the county.”
Despite the advertisements, voters have made an effort to take part in their constitutional right this Election Day.