JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A greater than average voter turnout is expected this year in Chautauqua County, with voters young and old taking to the polls to make their voices heard.
Do you plan to vote, and why? That’s the question we posed to those in the City of Jamestown this week as we heard from everyday folks about their opinions of this year’s races, and, the importance of taking to the polls.
“Well I think as a citizen it’s your obligation to vote,“ explained Mary O’Brien.
“I don’t think you can be disgruntled if you don’t vote,“ stated Kevin O’Brien. “You haven’t helped make a choice.”
As we talked to some people, they believe that voting at an early age is key.
“Younger people are the new generation,” explained passerby Kairi Williams. “So this is what we have coming up in the future so, getting them to vote now is definitely what is it, but I could say that a lot of young people don’t vote.”
Many already cast their ballot, as part of Early Voting in Chautauqua County.
“My family has always voted,“ said Sarah Goebel. “My parents used to take us to the polls, I took my children to the polls. I think it’s important as a citizen to express your preferences for your candidates.”
However, not everyone takes part in the process. In fact, a few of the people we polled felt out of the loop.
“What’s the use of going and voting, if all they do is put money in their pockets,“ explained Deeleta Whitehill.
Polls are open across New York State, and here in Chautauqua County until 9 p.m. Tuesday night. If you don’t know where to vote, visit VoteChautauqua.com and click on the “look where to vote” tab to determine your polling location.