Voters Turned Away at Dewitt Town Hall
By Jack Wells
DEWITT, N.Y. (DIA)– As of this morning a third of the people who came to the Dewitt Town Center has not been able to cast their ballots. Early voting allows residents to go to any location, but today voters must show up to their designated polling site– which is leaving many frustrated.
“So now I have to go over to Lodi street–which is discouraging, but I’m still gonna go vote because I believe in voting. I also have my grandchild and cousin and would like them to know voting is very important,” said Theresea Allen.
Tim Bhia, Dewitt Town Center Poll Site Manager, says he is confident that people will continue to cast their ballots even if they have to go to another location to do so.
I don’t think it has really deterred anyone from actually voting. I don’t think there has been anyone that has showed up that had to go to another location that didn’t seem like they were gonna make the effort to go vote today.
Four times as many voted early this year compared to last — resulting in a relatively calm day. Town of Dewitt water department supervisor John Monahan who works at the town hall says he took advantage of early voting.
“I literally walked downstair gave them by name cast my ballot and i was right back up at my desk in 45 seconds. It was a topic of discussion upstairs we could just not believe how many people came in for early voting. And now today is the actual voting day and there are not too many people here,” said Monahan.