SCARSDALE, N.Y. As of 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a voter registration drive in Scarsdale registered eight people to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Election Inspector Susan Lambert said the drive was held as a mini-grace period before the election which she said was major. Lambert said that civic concerns are everywhere in the country but with a fluid real estate market in Scarsdale, and many people moving in from New York City, the drive gives newcomers a chance to register.
Were very pleased with the number of people who showed up, Lambert said. We support anything that empowers voters to participate in the process.
Election Inspector Rosemarie Widulski has been working the polls for 20 years. Widulski said she does it not only to keep herself busy but to keep people aware of the different issues the election is about.
This is going to be a heated election, Widulski said. The whole direction our country is going in depends on which of the two candidates get the position of president. They both have different ideas but with unemployment and even some violence Ive seen in recent times people are unsure of being able to feed their families. If you dont vote you cant complain what happens afterwards.
Election Inspector Judith Watiker said that she was pleased with the turnout adding that when she participated in the same drive four years ago nobody showed up. Watiker said that she cant imagine living in a country where people cant vote.
I dont know what the outcome of the election will be but it is certainly important that we all vote, Watiker said. I am concerned about our country and the world situation. We need to set a good example for our grandchildren and high school seniors turning 18 that voting is such a privilege."
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