Voters Turn Out Despite “Off-Election Year”

By Charles Garrett IV, BDJ 464.02

Published on November 7, 2017

NOTTINGHAM, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Polls opened early at 6am this morning across Syracuse and despite the lack of a presidential, congressional, or gubernatorial election, there was a steady stream of voters at William Nottingham High School.

The biggest race of the day is the for the Mayor of Syracuse, where the two leading candidates are Independent Ben Walsh and Democrat Juanita Perez Williams.  Recent polls show Walsh with a slight advantage.

This race, among others, was enough to bring voters to Nottingham to vote, including Syracuse resident Theresa White.

“It’s not an off year, it’s most important for our city,” said White.

White also said she was interested in voting for the education council and some of the back of the ballot questions, which include the right to a constitutional convention in New York State.

White showed up early to beat the traffic, the line to vote, and the start of the day at the high school.

“I like to beat the crowds,” White said.

Polls will be open at William Nottingham High School and across the state until 9pm.