At the Solvay Geddes Youth Center, a CNY voter shares why she has come out on Election Day even though there are other voting options.(c) 2021 Kat Heldt

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Some CNY voters choose in-person voting over other options

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KATHARINE HELDT: The Polls opened up this morning at 6AM at the Solvay Geddes Youth Center. This election includes voting for the mayor and a number of county legislators. 

The center had a slow start, yet there were still eager voters here on the official election day despite the fact voters had many options to get their in ballot earlier.

“Almost 9,000 more people have submitted absentee ballots this year compared to 2019. And is that because how much COVID has affected our lives in these past two years? Or because there is an easier access to voting in Syracuse? Or could the answer to that be both?

31-year-old Meghan Peryea (Perry-yay) was the first voter the Youth Center saw this morning and says it is a tradition for her to try and be the first one at the polls.  

MEGHAN PERYEA: “So every year I like try to, you know, be the first person. Or when I was still living at home, try to like, beat my dad or whatever before he got into vote.

KATHARINE HELDT: Peryea believes going in early will not only save her time from the long lines to come, but also sees coming in early as a safety net. 

MEGHAN PERYEA: “For me it’s important to come early in the day, because you never know what’s going to happen during the day that could end up preventing you from getting here.”  

KATHARINE HELDT: The results of the elections are to be determined once every last vote, whether made in person or absentee, is counted. Reporting from Solvay, Kat Heldt, Democracy in Action.

 

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Solvay, N.Y. (DiA) —  The polls opened up this morning at 6 a.m. at the Solvay Geddes Youth Center. In this election, citizens will be voting for the mayor and a number of county legislators. 

The center had a slow start, yet there were still eager voters here on the official election day despite the fact voters had many options to get their ballot in earlier. Compared to 2019, almost 9,000 more people submitted absentee ballots. This is in result of New York’s effort to expand their voting options after being listed in the top ten worst states to vote in, in previous years. 

31-year-old Meghan Peryea was the first voter the Youth Center saw this morning and says it is a tradition for her to try and be the first one at the polls. 

“So every year I like try to, you know, be the first person. Or when I was still living at home, try to like, beat my dad or whatever before he got into vote,” Peryea said. 

Peryea believes going in early will not only save her time from the long lines to come, but also sees coming in early as a safety net. 

“For me it’s important to come early in the day,” Peryea said.  “Because you never know what’s going to happen during the day that could end up preventing you from getting here.”  

The results of the elections are to be determined once every last vote, whether made in person or absentee, is counted. 

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