SYRACUSE, N.Y.(NCC News)- Eligible voters in the Westcott area in Syracuse came to cast their ballots this morning at Erwin Methodist Church.
Voters had a smooth and easy process at the polls and were able to walk right in and cast their ballots.
Coming in person to cast a ballot is an important tradition for some voters.
“I would like to have something proactive to be able to do today,” voter Kerry McNamara said. “To be able to wake up and take my part or do my part, I knew it was going to be important for me.”
This polling location has always been where McNamara comes to vote.
It’s also where 87-year-old Elaine Easton has been coming ever since she moved to the area decades ago. “I love the idea of walking to my local voting place,” she said.
While Easton and McNamara are veteran voters, there were also voters who were casting their first ballot today like 18-year-old Azian Goodrich.
“I’m definitely finally stepping into adulthood, just to get my voice out there and my opinion,” Goodrich said. “My vote matters and that is very important to me.”
Today was also so special for Goodrich because Election Day also happens to fall on his 18th birthday. It was a very proud moment day for Goodrich’s mother to see him vote.
“I haven’t slept because I am so excited about today for so many reasons,” Akua Goodrich said. “My son made a conscious and active decision that this was how he wanted to spend his birthday.”
Goodrich is a leader amongst his peers as he also launched his own leadership firm today called the Family Association Firm to help out his community. Casting his vote today was his first step in showing that he is a leader in the local community.
“Everyone should get out and vote and let their voices be heard,” he said.