Marilyn A. Ostrom almost didn't vote. The behavior of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turned her off, leaving her unsettled right up to the last minute.
"As of this morning, I didn't want to vote for the first time ever," said Ostrom, a 76-year-old registered Democrat.
The Cleveland Hill High School graduate lives in suburban Depew in the Lancaster 9 election district, which has the second-lowest percentage of college-educated voters of any election district in Erie County. According to the polls, whites without college degrees are a demographic that strongly supports Trump, a Republican, across America, according to national polls.
But Ostrom bucked that trend. After talking with a friend from church, she decided to go to the polls, and voted for Clinton.
"I thought about who is the lesser of two evils," said Ostrom, retired from her Tonawanda office job and a Williamsville children's shoe store.
Trump's personality helped her make that decision, she said.
"If Donald Trump was representing us as our president, I would be embarrassed because of the way he talks and demeans people," Ostrom said. "I just don't think he is a very good representative for our country."
Ostrom, who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, said she opted for Clinton because she is better qualified than Trump. Yet, she also admitted she's "not terribly fond of her," either.
The Buffalo News is interviewing voters Tuesday in six election districts in Erie County. They include:
- One in Cheektowaga with the second-highest percentage of voters over 65 years old
- The election district with the highest median income, in Orchard Park
- One near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo that has the highest concentration of voters with college degrees
- One in the Town of Lancaster that has the second-lowest percentage of voters with college degrees
- A Buffalo election district that has the highest percentage of millennials
- An election district in Buffalo where nearly all the voters are African-American