SKANEATELES, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Voters in the 2017 election may not be casting their ballots for the next President of the United States like they did last year, but today citizens across the country voted in a number of races to select candidates who will represent them a little bit closer to home.
For residents of Skaneateles, one item on their ballot was to elect candidates to the town board. Skaneateles resident Molly Elliott, explained the importance of this election.
“I do not think it is an off year because it was for the town board. You had four people running for two spots and all four people have different thoughts and ideas of what their choices are to be in the future and things of that nature which is very very important, especially right now with certain things that are happening in Skaneateles with our lake and things like that,” Elliot said.
The decisions of members on a governing body like a town board can have a large impact on a community. Candidates who are elected to join the town board in Skaneateles will receive an important set of responsibilities.
“On a board they are a whole vote, which can really sway things a certain way when someone is going in front of the board for an application on various different things,” said Elliot.
In the end, a common theme shared by many voters who cast their ballots at the Skaneateles Fire Station was the importance of understanding what is going on in one’s own community.
“I think just getting involved in the community and knowing what’s happening around and different things and being involved because everyone has different opinions,” Elliot said.
Polling places across Onondaga Country are open until 9 p.m. this evening.