Vince Lupinetti plans to vote Tuesday. “I think it’s my duty as a citizen,” he said. “It’s about taxes. I’d like to see them come down, which I bet most people would,” he added.
Lupinetti is one of hundreds of thousands of registered voters who will visit the polls. But, many won’t vote this election cycle. “I don’t think there’s been enough publicity,” said Webster resident, Colleen Vandenbosch. “And, I don’t want to go vote just to vote. I want to know who I’m voting for, why, all that stuff.”
According to officials with the Monroe County Board of Elections, they expect a 40 percent voter turnout.
“Generally, these off year elections are pretty low and they’ve been very low in past years,” said Democratic Commissioner, Thomas Ferrarese. For example, Monroe County saw just 32.4% of registered voters cast their ballots in 2011. That’s compared to 76.8% in the 2012 presidential election. “You may say, oh but the television ads have been endless and what have you. But, really not so much as it is in a presidential year. Let’s face it. It’s a very exciting process in presidential years. The hype, the excitement and everything else really draws a lot of people out to the polling place,” Ferrarese said.
Nazareth College Political Science Professor, Dr. Timothy Kneeland has been studying voting trends for years. “I think it’s just people don’t understand,” Kneeland said. “They hear so much about the federal elections, they don’t understand how much our local governments do.”
Kneeland said changing the voter registration deadline could improve turnout. Currently, you must register 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote. It’s something that’s being tossed around in Albany. But, so far, it hasn’t gained much traction.
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