LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The first Tuesday after the first Monday of November marks Election Day across the country. Even though this year’s elections are for local government it is still a day where people can be heard and uphold their rights as United States citizens.
A polling station at the LaFayette Fire Department saw a slow and steady turnout today. But what polling station workers said they haven’t seen many of, are younger voters.
Maddison Apple participated in her second election this year even though she became old enough to vote six years ago. Apple said part of the reason she did not vote was because she was away at school.
“I didn’t vote when I was in college, I didn’t have time to come back home,” Apple said. “I don’t think a lot of people our age are voting, and I think they should.”
One voter however, is voting in his first election this year. Paul Ellis is 18 years old and attends Onondaga Community College. Ellis said his first experience voting was exciting.
“Makes me feel like I’m part of the system now,” Ellis said. “If you want something you have to vote for it.”
Ellis is a strong believer in his right to vote, and he holds all of his peers accountable.
“Getting on them, saying ‘Did you vote?’ And if they said no, ‘Hey you gotta get out and vote,’” Ellis said.
Ellis and Apple added they will continue to vote every year and feel they have a responsibility to cast their votes.