Less than an hour after polls opened for in-person voting in Canton, N.Y., the line of people waiting to cast their ballot snaked around two floors, through the entrance, and onto the sidewalk outside. Among St. Lawrence County’s first in-person voters were two St. Lawrence students: sisters Roisin Creedon-Cary ’24 and Niamh Creedon-Cary ’21.
“With my college schedule, I knew I wouldn't be able to get to the polls on Election Day. I figured the wait wouldn't be long if I got to the polling place early on a Saturday,” says Roisin.
She and Niamh waited for 90 minutes as poll workers sanitized communal surfaces and controlled traffic to allow for as much social distancing as possible while the line safely progressed.
“I care a lot about the outcome of this election, both nationally and locally, so I really wanted to just go out and get my voice heard as early as possible,” says Niamh. “I’m also an election worker, so I can’t actually vote on Election Day.”