Rochester, NY – Today is primary day in Rochester and as per Rochester tradition, citizens took to the polls to cast their ballots completely uninformed of who they were voting for.
“Other areas may elect their representatives based on facts or their positions on issues but Monroe County takes more of a spiritual approach,” says U of R political science major Martin Van Bluerger. “This is a ‘feel it out’ type of town.”
In fact, research shows that if a Rochesterian knows your name, it’s most likely a bad thing. Citizens of Monroe County only seem to be able to name their county legislators and elected judges after they have been caught committing some sort of crime. But it often takes about three to ten offenses for voters to feel motivated enough to get rid of them.