SOLVAY, N.Y. (DiA) – It’s Election Day across the country and voters everywhere are hitting the polls. For most people, voting is as easy as filling in a few circles and placing their ballot into an electronic scanner. Yet, for poll workers here in Central New York at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center, it’s an all-day affair.
Patricia Blanchard, a poll inspector, arrived to the polling site at 4:30 a.m. She will spend the day checking voters in and printing out ballot slips. Blanchard is a resident of the Town of Geddes and said the opportunity to help her neighbors makes the long day worthwhile.
“I’ve done it for over 30 years. It’s just good civic duty,” Blanchard said. “I enjoy it, interfacing with the people.”
Carl Libertone, a 70-year-old front desk worker at the community center and Chairman of the Village of Solvay Zoning and Planning Board, said it’s important voting runs smoothly so decisions can be made on local issues involving the controversial mayor of the Village of Solvay.
“There’s been some infighting for quite a while,” Libertone said. “Hopefully this election will help it out a little bit.”
As a former teacher and lifelong resident of Solvay, Libertone said he wants residents to know that every vote matters.
“It’s important especially in today’s age, what’s going on in the world, what’s going on in our country, that people come out and give out their voice or have their voice heard,” Libertone said.
Polls stay open until 9 p.m. throughout Central New York. For Democracy in Action, I’m Alex Malanoski.