91-year-old New York man encourages everyone to get out and vote


DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR) — You can now count the days until Nov. 3 on one hand, but many across Central New York aren’t waiting until then to cast their votes.

On Thursday, more than 1 million New Yorkers statewide have taken part in the first four days of early voting, which started on Saturday, Oct. 24.

For 91-year-old, Arnold Bitterman, 2020 certainly isn’t the first time he’s casting his vote.

“Makes me feel like a good American to vote and to vote early,” Bitterman said.

Bitterman walked hand in hand with his daughter, Andrea Polcaro at the DeWitt Town Hall on Thursday morning.

The father-daughter duo voted early for the first time in 2019 and wanted to do the same this election, but because of long waits, the two needed to come back for a second time.

“We tried to vote on Sunday but the lines were so long that we decided to come today and vote,” Polcaro explained.

No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, Bitterman’s message is simple and the same for everyone. It’s to get out and vote!

“Well, it’s important every year, but I think this year it’s especially important. There’s so much going on in the country today and we have to all work together to get it accomplished. I don’t think it makes much difference if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, the important thing is to get the word out,” Bitterman said.

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