ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- The Ardsley Community Center located on Center Street was busy most of Tuesday morning into the early afternoon as residents came out in big numbers to vote.
"It's been going strong since we opened at 6 a.m.," election inspector Isabel Prokos said. "This is a bigger turnout than 2008. I love being here for my people -- and that means my neighbors, no matter who they are or who they vote for. This is a privilege and beautiful day seeing so many people out to vote."
Prokos, who came to the United States from Cuba with her family in the early 1960s, waited more than 40 years to become an American citizen as immigration officials misplaced her paperwork several times, delaying her naturalization. She was sworn in in 2002 an has been an election inspector for eight years.
"My grandfather used to tell me that when we came to the United States we could stand up and say what we believed without being silenced," Prokos said. "I really love being a part of this country and the voting process."
Bernie and Myrna Holzman came to vote together at the Ardsley Community Center, moving quickly through the process like veteran voters as a dozen election day staffers checked voting rolls and helped answer questions.
"We never miss voting," Myrna Holzman said. "I think it's great that so many people are coming out. The new system (paper ballots and scanner) is very easy, different, but easy. Everyone should vote in every election. It's the most important thing we can do as Americans."
Prokos made several announcements about the ballot, including a reminder that the paper ballot had a proposition printed on the back of the ballot sheet.
"We do what we can to help out," Prokos said as she instructed resident June Archer and his young family family on the voting process. "People who haven't voted since the paper ballot began ask some questions. But even the kids have a good time. We'll be very busy later after dinner until late I think."
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