Participation in the elections has seen a steady decline over the years. However, this year with the presidential race, voter turnout should rise. We sent our Cara Thomas out to find out just how in touch people are with the local races like the 24th Congressional district and whether they plan to vote.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There's no question it's election season. Candidates in the 24th Congressional race are spending top dollar to make sure you know their names.
"By reading about them, by people who know them, by seeing their ads on TV," said Patricia Gross.
But even with the onslaught of advertisements, political signs and news coverage, some people still aren't sure who's running.
Colin Mulvey said, “I don’t. I don’t follow politics I don’t care about them at all.”
"I don't watch television so I don't really, that's probably why I don't much about them is because I don't watch television," Kimberly Warner said.
Even though some people say they don't know what the candidates stand for, they say they plan on voting anyway.
Warner said, "Even though I don't know all the information on everyone I'm like 'You should vote.’"
Some say they base their decision on party lines, while others follow the lead of their peers.
"I talk to my family and I ask them who they're voting for and who I should vote for," Warner said.
No matter your expertise, voters say there's no excuse to not cast a ballot in the November election.
Gross said, "That's an important part of this city to vote for who you think you should vote for to help your city. Don't complain about it, vote for it."