Young, old, and new voters showing up the polls on Election Day 2020Izzy Tabs

2020 Elections

Young and Old Syracuse Residents Come Out to Vote

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REPORTER: Eligible voters in the Westcott Area in Syracuse came to cast their ballot for the general election at Erwin Methodist Church this morning. With no line, voters were able to walk right in and cast their ballots. Physically showing up Erwin Church on Election Day is an important tradition to some voters.

KERRY MCNAMARA: I would like to have something proactive to be able to do on today, to be able to wake up and take my part or do my part, I knew it was going to be important for me.

REPORTER: This polling location has always been where McNamara comes to cast her ballot. It’s also where Elaine Easton has been coming ever since she moved to the area in the nineties. The importance of this election encouraged her to want to come to the place where she has been casting her ballot for the past 30 years.

ELAINE EASTON: I love the idea of walking to my local voting place.

REPORTER: While some people have been coming to cast their ballot year after year, well it is some people’s first time coming out to cast their vote.”

AZIAN GOODRICH: I’m definitely finally stepping into adulthood, just to get my voice out there and my opinion. My vote matters and that is very important to me.

REPROTER: Goodrich is literally stepping into adulthood today because Election Day happened to fall on his eighteenth birthday. By going out to the polls, Goodrich hopes to inspire his generation to take advantage of their right to vote.

GOODRICH: Just me turning eighteen today that everyone should get out and vote and let their voices be heard.

REPORTER: Being a leader among his peers is not something knew to Goodrich as he also launched his own leadership firm today called the Family Association Firm. So, you could say today is a big day not only for our country, but also for Goodrich. In Syracuse New York, I’m Izzy Tabs for Democracy in Action

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.

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