Syracuse Seniors Cast Their Ballots
By Whitney Wilson
East Syracuse, N.Y. (DIA) – Impassioned Syracuse senior citizens cast their ballots at Frank DeFrancisco Eastwood Community Center.
Judy Evans, 70, stressed the importance of voter participation as a freedom that is all too often taken for granted by Americans.
“I remember people dying, and the sacrifices people made to vote is not only a choice, it’s a privilege. Because I feel like it’s a privilege, I vote every opportunity I have, and I raised my children that way and my mother raised me that way, and so this is a privilege to be able to come here and voice my opinion,” said Evans.
After a lifetime of fighting for equality, Judy Evans hopes that all voices will be heard and represented equally.
“Everyone should be treated equally, whatever is available to you, whether you’re rich or poor, you should be able to have it. I don’t think one or two people, because they have a few more dollars in their pockets than I have, that they should be able to make a decision about my life because they have no idea what it’s like to live the way we live,” said Evans.
Like Evans, Maddie Dorsal, 90, says she was drawn to the polls to at last see Democratic representatives in Syracuse fairly represent marginalized communities.
“I think everyone should be equal, no matter their color, their race, sexuality, or whatever. Everybody should vote, for this is our opportunity.”