LAKEWOOD — During a Friday morning visit to Chautauqua Mall to look at early voting and to thank Board of Election workers, Congressman Tom Reed took time to chastise intimidation he witnessed first hand at a stop in Ithaca.
Reed said his attempt to meet with Ithaca’s Democratic Mayor Svante Myrick was met with a locked door and a protestor burning the American Flag.
There were acts of intimidation including screaming, yelling and profanities from area protestors, Reed said.
“The mayor actually locked the door when I was trying to meet with him,” Reeds said.
“We had an individual burn the flag on the steps of city hall and I realize they have a right to do that and I have a right to condemn that,” Reed said.
Reed said voter enthusiasm is very high this year and he wants people to vote to ensure their voice is heard.
Because of COVID-19, Reed said he wants to make sure people know how to vote, where to vote and how the process works.
“The process is very much just like voting on election day,” Reed, who voted early himself, said.
“It’s a paper ballot. It guarantees your vote is accurately counted and people should not be afraid of it,” he said.
Democracy works best with informed voters who participate, he said.