SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – It’s the first Tuesday after November first, meaning many people will be heading to their local polling place to cast their vote. Voting in Onondaga County started early this year, but some still make it a point to go to the polls on election day. James Jones, a 17th Ward resident, said voting is a duty his family takes very seriously.
“My family votes, from my mom to my daughters,” said Jones. “When my grand kids get old enough they will vote as well.”
However, voting is not just a duty in his family – Jones said it has also become a right of passage. He went on to say this is for good reason, since even voting in the local elections can foster great change.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s all done from the ground-up so if you get your candidates in, they may at some point move on and aspire to a higher office, so you want to get the people in that you think will directly affect your community,” said Jones.
The Jones family plans to continue voting every year in order to contribute to their community.