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The election takes place on Tuesday with, among other things, a heated senate race (D’Amato-Schumer). Also up for grabs: the highest statewide office (Vallone goes up against Pataki for governor). But hey, who cares?






Christian Spiotta

Age: 30

Resides: Chelsea

Occupation: Writer

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
No. I know it’s stupid, letting power slip
out of your hands
by not participating, but I’m fed up.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics today? I don’t like being lied to–and the
veil is so thin. It’s demeaning.

If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I’d restructure so that people were actually voting on the issues rather than the representatives. Like, let’s vote next month
on tobacco laws.







Isaac Ross

Age:
20

Resides:
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Occupation:
Computer programmer

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
Yes.

Is there a particular race or issue that you care about? No, but I guess I’d like to get a liberal in. I like Schumer more than D’Amato.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics
today? All they do is lie. And none of these commercials say anything about what they want to do. They don’t know how to talk themselves up, they just knock the other
person down.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently? I’d let up on consensual crimes–crimes that don’t really effect anybody but yourself–like smoking a joint. And the
petty, quality-of-life crap has to go. The other day I got a $50 ticket for putting my feet up on the subway!






Ryan Martone

Age: 27

Resides: Union Square

Occupation: Small
business owner

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
No. Even if I were registered I would not vote.

Is there a particular race or issue that you care about?
No. Whoever gets elected, I’ll still be here tomorrow doing the same thing.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics
today?
I wouldn’t say I’m really turned off
by it. It’s just, in the grand scheme of the
universe, it doesn’t really matter if it’s
D’Amato or the other guy. And I felt like that about politics before Monica.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently?
I’d tell the truth.







DeBorrah Ogunjobi

Age: 44

Resides: East 116th Street

Occupation: Nurse

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
Yes.

Is there a particular race or issue that you care about?
I’ve been
following the Schumer-D’Amato race, but . . . I don’t know who’s telling you the truth.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics
today?
The lies.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently?
I’d fix up a lot of these empty buildings around the city so these homeless people can get off the streets.






Eliza Donela

Age: 18

Resides: Union Square

Occupation: Student

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
No, because I’m not registered. I’m in my own little college bubble.

Is there a particular race or issue that you care about?
No, and I’m sick of all the ads and mudslinging, particularly by D’Amato and Schumer.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently?
I would never be a politician.
But since people like me don’t really express their beliefs–by voting–I guess it’s a vicious circle. And it’s sort of funny that I feel this
way considering I was recently a page for the U.S. Senate.










Heather Palmer

Age: 25

Resides: Upper West Side

Occupation: Works at a rock-climbing gym

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
Yes.

Is there a particular race or issue that you care about?
I guess, generally, I’m just trying to
figure out what these guys stand for.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics
today?
It gets too cotton candy; it’s not dealing with what’s really important to people.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently?
I’d give lots of money to the arts.






Mike Miller

Age: 21

Resides: Soho

Occupation: Bartender

Are you voting in
Tuesday’s election?
Yes. Because I just like
voicing my opinion.

What, if anything, turns you off about politics
today?
It’s a lot of bullshit.

If you were a politician, what would you do
differently?
I’d stop this impeachment process. Who cares if Clinton’s a little horny one day? He did lie, but . . . wouldn’t you?



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