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KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPoll Inspectors Ashley Collins (left) and Diana Gonyea organize papers and prepare for the next wave of voters Tuesday night at the Clinton County Government Center in Plattsburgh.

PLATTSBURGH —

“It was slow initially but has been steady for the last two to three hours,” poll coordinator for Ward 5 Penny Gaudreau said. “There’s been at least one person at all times.”

Wards 5 and 6 enjoyed the efficiency of the newly implemented electronic check-in system Poll Pad. Instead of finding voters, such as Donna Perkins and her husband, in the binders previously used, poll volunteers need only type in the first and last name of the voter to see if they are registered.

ELECTIONS

MEAN FREEDOM

The Perkinses vote in every election and even brought their 15-year-old grandson Luke along to witness the process.

“We’re American, we vote,” Donna Perkins said.

Her husband, a military veteran added, “Elections are always sensitive but very important. Elections mean freedom.”

The Poll Pads sat on a table next to ballot box from the 1930‘s decorated with a sign reading: “Look how far we’ve come.” The antiquated ballot box predates lever voting, according to Democratic Election Specialist and Senior Technician Jerry Klaus.

Klaus was instrumental in providing Poll Pads to Wards 5 and 6 and has worked closely with its creator NOiNK. He also stated he has not missed an election since age 18.

“Voting means democracy,” Klaus said. “I believe voting should be very very bipartisan. It is every voter’s right to have a voice in who their legislator is.”

Klaus encourages everyone to read the mail check elections cards that come every spring to registered voters to continue to stay informed about local elections.

At the Ward 3 poll site in the Plattsburgh State Field House, 351 people had voted as of 6:30 p.m.

“It has been a steady flow of voters,” poll coordinator for Ward 3 Katie Isaak said.

‘A REALLY FUN DAY’

Here, traditional poll binders were being used instead of Poll Pads, but every district in Clinton County is expected to have the technology by the presidential primary elections on April 28 of next year.

Isaak grew up watching her family vote and has always held an interest for the process.

“I like to help make decisions for my community,” she said.

According to Isaak, election day is a 16-hour event that she thoroughly enjoys. She stated that other poll volunteers may not share the same political views as her, but work together just as well to accomplish a common goal.

“It’s just a really fun day,” she said.

Isaak extends her love of voting by encouraging family and friends to vote. She also hopes to see more young adults take an interest in election days.

“I would like to see more young adults active in working poll locations, I find consistently that I’m the youngest person here.”

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