GENESEO – The polls have only been open for a few hours, but SUNY Geneseo students are already showing in numbers to vote in the presidential primary election.
As of about 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, 323 voters have voted at the United Methodist Church (districts 2 and 3), 193 have voted at St. Mary’s Parish Center (district 1) and 125 have voted at Morgan Estates (district 4). Polls are open until 9 p.m.
“I think it’s great to see these numbers of student voters coming out today,” said Matt Cook, one of two Village of Geneseo Trustees who were elected by a flood of student absentee ballots. “This is exactly what we wanted when we started getting students registered. It’s encouraging to see students civically involved, and this goes to show that students will do whatever it takes to get registered, get out there, and vote.”
The Methodist Church location needed another ballot reader and extra personnel from the Livingston County Board of Elections to handle the influx of students.
A record number of students voted in Geneseo’s Village elections in March, making all students who voted in that election and registered as a Democrat or Republican eligible to vote in this year’s primary.
This year’s primary coincided with Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement and Talent (GREAT) Day, during which there are no classes scheduled.
“It’s been a steady day across the county, and busy in Geneseo,” said David DiPasquale, Democratic Commissioner for the Livingston County Board of Elections. “It’s a big year, a big race, a very well publicized race, and it’s the first year in a long time that New York has actually been a deciding state in a primary.”
Experienced personnel at Geneseo voting stations said that this was the biggest voter turnout year in their memory.
“It’s great, I’ve never seen this many students out,” said Betsy Ann Ferrerro. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years.”
The polls will remain open until 9 p.m. You can see your nearest polling place in Livingston County here.