SOLVAY, N.Y. (DiA)– The polls in Syracuse opened at 6 A.M. this morning, but poll workers get to work an hour earlier. Leanne Hamilton, a voting systems specialist, is enthusiastic about coming in and setting everything up, so voters can exercise their rights. She says voting is the best way to get involved.
“It’s a civic duty, I mean, if you don’t participate, then you kinda watch what happens from the sideline.”
Hamilton has been working the polls for years now, and she says races between candidates are getting closer and closer, making your vote even more important. She encourages everyone to make voting a habit, and has noticed one particular group of voters showing up at the polls recently.
“We’ve had a number of young people, I’ve seen a number of young people come for the first time to vote, and it’s kind of interesting to watch them; they get excited and we see them again and again.”
Hamilton’s work will help make things run smoothly both for first time voters, and people who have been voting for years. She says it is part of her routine.
“If you see the importance in it, it becomes part of your routine.”