BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tuesday is the day Governor Cuomo, Republican challenger Rob Astorino and many others around New York State have been waiting for. The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.
After intense campaigns, voters are deciding on several key races this midterm election. Typically voter turnout is low during midterm elections, compared to presidential elections. However, this year there is an unusually long ballot with candidates and issues.
Kenmore resident Mary Lynn Bieron said, “Your vote matters. Even though it’s a midterm election, maybe we’re not electing a president but we’ve got a governor race, two great state senator races that could really change what happens in Albany.”
You will see three propositions on the ballot:
Proposition one covers redistricting. It would change how New York redraws state and congressional political boundaries. A new commission would draw the lines every 10 years based on updated census figures.
The second proposition would cut down on how much paper the state legislature uses. If it passes, Albany will switch to a paperless system.
Proposition three would send billions of dollars to schools for better technology. It would allow the state to borrow $2 billion to improve technology in school districts across the state. Schools would have to apply for the money.
In most communities there are two pages filled with candidates and propositions for voters to get through. The ballots were so long this year, many communities were forced to use an outside vendor to print them.
And there’s a long list of issues that are affecting how voters fill out those ballots.
“I want to make sure that the working class is getting a better break going forward. It’s been a rough time for a lot of people,” said Kenmore resident Joy James.
Kenmore resident Brian Jellison said, “With what people are getting paid, you know the low minimum wages and all this stuff and taxes being so high and everything being so high.”
For as many reasons people head to the polls, many will find just as many reasons to stay home.
“They’re part of the problem if they looked and they voted everything would be different, they have to study the issues,” said Kenmore resident Joe Reno.
Kenmore voter Melissa Perez said, “It’s very important to me to exercise my right to vote. Many people fought long and hard for the right to vote, so I think for that reason alone it’s important to exercise your right to vote, and I brought my son today so he becomes familiar with the voting process.”
Cuomo and Astorino took New York by storm Monday, rallying voters. Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul held a rally at the Bennett Smith Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue.
Cuomo said, “We have more to do, we have our agency that’s going to build on the first four years. But it’s going to take us to a better place, a higher place. The first four years were just about stabilizing the ship of state. Just getting the platform steady under our feet and just making the government work once again.”
Astorino took to YouTube to talk to voters. He said, “And so we close where we began, the state with a question hanging over its head. Is New york winning or is New York losing?”
Another big race Tuesday is for the 60th District Senate Seat. Democrat Mark Panepinto, Republican Kevin Stocker, Conservative Timothy Gallagher and Independent Mark Grisanti are all vying for the seat.
If you need help figuring out where to vote, go to your county’s board of election website. In Erie County, go to elections.erie.gov.