SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) – Syracuse residents have been racing to the polls to cast their votes on Election Day. The Bellevue Heights Methodist Church polling site attracted voters with varying opinions on the issues Syracuse is facing from education within the school district to poverty.
Linda Abear, a grandmother of two girls, said that she brought her grandkids to the polls to teach them how to vote. She felt that it was necessary to do so, especially since they have the day off from school. Abear also had opinions on how the Syracuse City School District is choosing to educate her grandchildren. She said that she feels teachers are “indoctrinating” her grandchildren and this generation. “Leave the ideology up to their parents,” Abear said. She also said that schools should be teaching subjects like math, English and science, without having teachers insert their opinions.
Cjala Surrat’s concerns are more about the generational poverty in Syracuse.
“I want to make sure that the person we put in leadership is thinking about those communities that have been generally disenfranchised,” Surrat said.
She also said that Syracuse is in a critical time, especially with the current I-81 project. She wants to make sure the community moves forward in a way that is beneficial to everybody, and that is why she showed up to vote.
The polls are closing at 9 o’clock tonight, so there is still time to vote across many locations in Onondaga County.