The countdown has begun and time is running out for candidates to solicit your votes. Both Democratic and Republican Headquarters are scrambling Monday to remind people to head to the polls on Election Day.
"We can't twist people's arms. It's a right to vote and a right not to vote apparently," said Steve Minarik, the Monroe County Republican Committee Chairman.
Phone banking is one way to get out the vote. And mailers have also been flooding mailboxes. But even with these efforts, both camps expect low voter turnout Tuesday.
"Typically, the trend normally starts at a presidential year. You'll notice the trend reach up to 75% voter turnout. Local election years we've dropped a little bit, there isn't as much glamour associated with local elections," said Sean Hart, the Communications Director for the Monroe County Democratic Committee.
True say members from the Monroe County Board of Elections. Local elections, especially ones with uncontested races like the County Executive race will typically draw less people to the polls.
According to the Monroe County Board of Elections: about 55% of voters came out to the polls four years ago, a little more than 39% two years ago and Tuesday officials expect an average of 40-45%, which is way below their goal of 60-to-67%.
And Mother Nature can also add to the reasons why voters may be staying away from the polls.
"It's never a good thing when the weather's bad," said Minarik.
"The weather certainly can be a factor," said Hart.
Which is why both parties are offering rides to the polls. If you'd like more information about transportation, you can call the Republican Headquarters at (585) 546-8040 or call the Democratic Headquarters at (585) 232-2410. Rides will run while polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.