Henrietta, N.Y. – As of 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, 44% of voters in Monroe County have voted, that's compared to 49% at the same time in 2008.
It's been a busy day for those at voting headquarters; there's been a steady stream of voters all day. According to poll officials some New York City residents voted in Henrietta thanks to Governor Cuomo granting an emergency order allowing New Yorkers displaced by hurricane Sandy to vote at any polling station. The board of election anticipates 300-thousand people will vote in Monroe County during this election.
“If you want your life to improve I think you need to vote,” said Gerry McLaughlin, who was voting in Henrietta. “You need a lot of service in this day in age, and people who don't vote, seems to me if you have an issue you're depriving the right person from getting in office.”
Fellow voter Anthony Jackson was voting in his second presidential election, something he encourages others to do.
“We want to make sure the African American community carries on the legacy and tradition that the people before us were fighting to get,” said Jackson. “I think it is an honor and a privilege to vote in their memory and their struggle.”
The Monroe County Board of Elections estimates 80-85% of registered voters in Monroe County will vote in this election.