‘Never overlook the importance of local government’: Early Voting begins

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Early Voting means the countdown to election day is underway.

It’s a unique year, all eyes are on local races: including town supervisor races, Rochester city council and the entire Monroe County Legislature.

News 8 was at the polls as they opened Saturday.

Just over 1,200 voters turned out today in Monroe County. Compare that figure to last year, just 500 voters shy of 10,000 on the first day.

There may be less turnout, but organizers say it’s these kinds of elections that affect you the most.

News 8 caught up with Congressman Joe Morelle as he went to cast his ballot, alongside his son Joseph Morelle Jr., who is running for Irondequoit town supervisor.

The two say getting others to come out — no matter what side of the aisle — is always more challenging in these kinds of elections.

“The federal government and state government, those elections probably gather more attention from the national media, but the rubber really hits the road with local government,” Morelle said.

Decisions at this level, affecting your day-to-day life:

“You know we’re here at the Irondequoit town library, something built just within the last few years, that was a decision made by local community and local government about where they want their resources invested,” Morelle said. “Never overlook importance of local government.”

Pat Larkin and Coleridge Gill are site chairs for a polling site at SUNY Empire State College. They’re feeling hopeful excitement will grow with nine days remaining.

“I’ve been here since they started early voting, and over the years the turnout for each cycle has been better,” Gill said.

The most important thing?

“Ensure that they can vote in a very easy and comfortable manner,” Gill said.

“Everyone matters every vote matters so your voice needs to be heard and this is one way to do it,” said Larkin.

There is a total of nine more days in early voting. A list of all polling site locations can be found here.

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