Van Buren, N.Y (DiA) – Election day 2021 has come to the town of Van Buren. You wouldn’t know it was election day at the Town of Van Buren Municipal Office, as traffic was almost like a regular day.
There were 217 people that came through in the first seven hours according to polling site manager Gail Kelly. Her and her staff says they were expecting more people, especially around lunchtime.
Polls have been open for eleven days in New York, and with absentee ballots in the mix as well, many people may not show up on election day. A women who asked not to be named told us that you should still come out to vote rather than send in an absentee ballot.
“I just like the idea of actually coming out to cast my ballot and just particularly now because COVID is getting a little better, just that freedom to go out and show people that you are actually voting,” the woman said.
The woman took advantage of the absentee ballot last year during the height of COVID-19, but knew it was time to get back outside and switch back to in-person voting.
Another advantage of in-person voting: you know it is you who is actually voting. Charity Gustke came to the polling place with her niece Mayah. Charity exclaimed that people take a more secure approach and follow the path that people have voted for decades before.
“I believe in in-person voting and voter identification and I want people to know who I am,” Gutske said.
Mayah, who is too young to vote herself, wore her Aunt’s “I voted” sticker proudly on her forehead. A simple, goofy gesture brought smiles to the two elderly folks who were about to cast their votes themselves.
The Municipal Office is home to voters new and old. Bonnie Wagner has been voting here for the past 12 years. Casey Palmer, who has worked for the Codes Office for two years and grew up in Van Buren, will vote at the Town Hall for the first time after polling places have been moved from churches.
“It’s part if my civic duty,” Palmer said.
You have until 9 p.m. to participate in your civic duty today. To find your polling place, visit www.vote.org.