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Voters hit the polls

Nov 7, 2017

It’s an “off-year” election, and elections officials predict a rather light turnout at the polls.

But many voters WXXI spoke with at a polling place in Webster were encouraging others to get out and vote.

“I think it’s always, you know, important to vote, to voice your opinion, said Yaorong Wang.

"Because it’s for our community.  And for those of us who have lived here a long time, realize that we need to be a voice," said Joy Woodley.  And a man named Dusty Rhodes added "It’s always a good idea to vote.  Get your known feelings out there, and if you don’t, then you’ve got no reason to complain.”

All three spoke outside a busy polling place in Webster.

Many voters we talked with were more concerned about the statewide ballot questions than local races.

Rita Metris said she found two of the ballot questions compelling.

“I thought the constitutional convention was intriguing.  That was a tough decision for me.  And then the one about taking away the pensions for people convicted of a felony, that was a key thing for me,” she said.

Other voters like Irene Fornicoia left the constitutional convention ballot blank.

“I don’t like to put my name on something I don’t understand,” she said.

Polls are open until 9, and WXXI’s election coverage begins after that.