2019 Elections

Personal Circumstances Brings Voter to the Polls

By Jenna Elique, BDJ 364.03

Published on November 5, 2019

Voting at Marcellus Fire House

NCC New's Jenna Elique reports on why a Marcellus citizen decided to vote.

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Elique:
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL ELECTIONS THAT STRETCH BEYOND POLITICAL PREFERENCE.

VOTER THERESA HAMILTON SAYS SHE VOTES TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR A YOUNGER GENERATION.

Hamilton:
“ I’m trying to teach my daughter that if people are going to complain about things then they need to be out here voting to change things.”

Elique:
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HAMILTON HAS LEFT HER HOUSE SINCE HER BROTHER DIED A COUPLE DAYS EARLIER.
SHE SAYS IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR HER TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND VOTE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HER LATE BROTHER WOULD HAVE WANTED HER TO DO.

Hamilton:
“He was a veteran and he believed in government and protecting our country and I think that that’s what we should be doing.”

Elique:
HAMILTON USED TODAY’S POLLS AS AN OUTLET FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HER PERSONAL LIFE.

JENNA ELIQUE, N-C-C NEWS

Marcellus, N.Y. (NCC News) – One Marcellus parent decided to vote for reasons that stretched beyond politics.

Days before the elections, voter Theresa Hamilton’s brother pasted away.  Her attendance at the polls was the first break she has had from crying the past couple of days. Hamilton said she came out to the polls because she knew that’s what her brother would have wanted.

“He was a veteran and he believed in government and protecting our country and I think that’s what we should be doing,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton brought along her daughter, Emily, because she wanted to show her daughter the importance of voting.

“I’m trying to teach my daughter that if people are going to complain about things then they need to be out here voting,” said Hamilton.