Cool but dry weather marks election day today, as polls open from 6am to 9pm in Tompkins County for voters in the midterm elections. Area voters have an opportunity to select local candidates such as Tompkins County Sheriff, as well as New York State Senate and Assembly candidates, U.S. Senate, and a new Governor for the State of New York.
The Ithaca Rotary Clubs' annual pancake breakfast is an election day tradition at the Women's Community Building. 14850 Photo.
The Tompkins County Board of Elections web site lists polling places and displays sample ballots that voters may peruse before heading to their polling places to vote.
Voters are using an optical-scan voting system, some for the first time. City of Ithaca voters faced the electronic equipment in a pilot program last November, and primary voters this September used it, as well. Election officials say a few voters are confused about the need to fully fill out the circle next to the name of the candidate they're voting for.
Meantime, the Ithaca area's Rotary Clubs are joining forces as they do each election day to run downtown Ithaca's annual pancake breakfast at the Women's Community Building. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, applesauce, juice, and coffee will be available from 7am until 7pm, served by Rotarians and local politicians. It's the 37th annual pancake day, and the meal costs just $7.