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Voters Visit Polls to Voice Their Opinions

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – With polls open until 9 p.m. Tuesday, voters came and went throughout the day, but most said they came out because of a sense of responsibility. “It’s always important to vote,” said Bruce Richards.  “There aren’t a lot of issues, but you can’t complain if you don’t vote.”

Several poll workers said the voting turnout was low, especially in Dobbs Ferry where the village races were unopposed. “I think the issue is a lot of people are running uncontested,” said poll worker Stewart Storms.  “It’s not like a heavily contested election.”

Carolyn Wittle was working at the polling center on Palisade St. in Dobbs Ferry and said the voter turnout was low as of Tuesday afternoon. “Very light, 72 people so far have voted and there are 2000 registered voters in the village,” she said.  “From 6 a.m.-10 a.m. it’s been about 10 people an hour, but then it died down.”

Many voters came out to the polls to perform what they deemed a necessary duty. “I always vote, it’s my responsibility to vote,” said Carol Schneebaum, a retired doctor who said statewide and county level health issues were the most important to her.  “I’m passionate about my civic duty and having a social safety net.”

While Wittle said there had not been any issues with the relatively new voting machines, there was still a preference among users. “These machines are working fine, but people are unanimously missing the old one,” she said.

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