BUFFALO, N.Y. — Election Day is finally here and droves of people across the nation will hit the polls Tuesday morning.
At the Erie County Board of Elections Office, workers geared up for what they hope will be a solid voter turnout.
"It will probably be in the mid 70s, 75 percent give or take some," Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner, Dennis E. Ward told YNN.
But despite the hype and debates, thousands fewer people in Erie County registered to vote in the year prior to this election when compared to 2008.
We got the official voter registration breakdown for the year prior to the 2008 and the 2012 elections from the Erie County Election Office. It shows that for the year leading up to the 2008 election, 10,552 adults 30 and older registered to vote. For this election, that number was 4,940.
"Surprising. I wish I knew that," Buffalo resident Marcia Hendrick said.
The same was true for the 30 and under age group with just over 19,000 registers in 2008. But for the 2012 election, it was cut almost in half at 10,198.
"I think that there's a natural fall off when the new youth of today don't see the Obama miracle or the Obama movement the same as those did four years ago," Ward explained.
But for some students at Buff State there is no excuse.
"This is a very, very important election," Trivet Jarmond, a Buffalo State student and political activist said. "Students need to get out and vote. It disappoints me."
But not all hope is lost for those who worked hard to get college students to register.
Patricia Ceravole, a Project Coordinator for NYPIRG is optimistic.
"It could be that they were all registered in 2008 then. That's what I believe," she said.