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National issues draw some local voters to the primary polls

'I voted' stickers at St. Lawrence County's early voting site in Canton.
Katie Zilcosky
Primary voting at the polls takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25

As local voters cast their ballots in the state primary Tuesday, some said it wasn’t necessarily local issues bringing them to the polls.

At a polling station near Onondaga Hill, Lawrence Chua wouldn’t share who he’s voting for, just that it’s a candidate with the most labor union endorsements. For the New York City transplant, local elections aren’t a popularity contest; they’re about strategy.

“You’re not voting for the person that…shares identical views with you,” said Chua. “You’re thinking about how this is going to fit into the larger strategy of national politics.”

One national issue on local voters’ minds is the U-S Mexico border.

Longtime Onondaga County resident Suzanne Belle worries about individual immigrants and the resources they need.

“I think it's just frightening. I I feel for them coming to this country with all the expectations that they must have. Can we live up to it?” Belle sighed. “I don't know.”

Belle doesn’t think New York is getting “clobbered” with as many immigrants as Texas and Arizona, but she worries border states don’t have the money to feed, house and employ them. Locally, however, Belle says she has no complaints.

Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Results will be posted online by the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

Patrick McCullough is a graduate student studying Library Science at Syracuse University. He is expected to graduate in May, 2026. As a student contributor at WAER, Patrick produces digital and audio stories.
Natasha Senjanovic teaches radio broadcasting at the Newhouse School while overseeing student journalists at WAER and creating original reporting for the station. She can also be heard hosting All Things Considered some weekday afternoons.