Voters cast ballots with passion

By Erika Mahoney

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Even though it was an off voting season, the Broome County Board of Elections' deputy commissioner said there was heavy voting in Binghamton and Johnson City.

"We are getting a million calls at the office to find out where their poll sites are," Mary Pines said.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and election inspectors throughout the city and village said they were pleased with the steady flow of voters.

"We had someone right here at 6 o'clock this morning waiting to vote," Maryann Sheeley said, an elections inspector at 45 Exchange St. in Binghamton.

"I think it started out very slowly, but it picked up since about 9:30 this morning and it's been very steady," Marcy Deshay said, an elections inspector at Johnson City Middle School.

Voters had a wide variety of reasons for coming out to vote.

"I don't think I've ever missed an election since I turned 21," said Barbara Shope.

"I come every year, even if there's only one thing on the ballot," William Davies said.

While most said they voted to fulfill their patriotic duty, others were there to pick their next mayor.

"Having a female in charge for once may help," said Nancy Wood after voting for Teri Rennia for Binghamton mayor.

"I Voted for Rich David. I heard a lot of good things about him," Leroy French said after voting for Rich David from Binghamton mayor.

The long list of propositions, including a proposition that could expand gaming in New York, drew others.

"There's so many of them this time," Diane Stratton, a Binghamton elections inspector said. "And you know, people are concerned about that and want to put their voice to it."

Whether they came out to vote for a certain proposition, mayor, or to vote in general, everyone agreed it was a beautiful day to cast a ballot.