Democracy in Action 2018 Live

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Democracy in Action is an Election Day project of the student journalists of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The 2018 election marks DIA’s ninth year of telling voters’ stories. Students on assignment represent multiple journalism programs at the Newhouse school, including graduates and undergraduates in Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism and Magazine, News and Digital Journalism.  We hope you enjoy everything you see, read and hear!  Let us know @DemocracyAction  or  #nhdia on Twitter.

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2018 Articles

"Vote Here" sign outside of Believers Chapel

Rainy Day Does Not Affect Voter Turnout in Cicero

By Fernando Garcia-Franceschini

Voter turnout in Believers Chapel in Cicero was unusually high for a Midterm Election, polling officials said. As of 6:00 p.m. over 2000 people had made their way to the polling place to cast their votes. Heavy rains through the day did not stop Cicero residents to make their voices heard and, according to officials, the amount of people coming through the doors was consistent for the entire day.

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Electronic Voting Machine

Voters want to see less red and blue and more green.

By Naiya Brooks

Voters want to keep third-party candidates on ballots.

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The Couple That Votes Together, Stays Together

By Samuel Carter

This couple has been together for more than forty-years. In that time they have been steady voters. Here, they share their philosophy on voting.

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Shelves filled with books inside the Fayetteville Free Library.

Midterms have Primary-Like Turnout

By Daniel Booth

The Fayetteville Free Library recorded a major increase in voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections. Local citizens fighting support their beliefs and have their opinion heard. The increase in voter registration and voter turnout could be setting the stage for a more politically educated future.

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People going into the building.

City of Syracuse

Longtime Eastwood Voters Undeterred By Rain

By Marrisa Poe

The Syracuse rain, does not stop voters from showing up to vote today. In the morning before starting their day locals make their way to Huntington Elementary School to cast their vote. Locals encourage others to do the same.

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City of Syracuse

Eastwood Voters Make Democracy a Family Event

By Sajida Kunjumarakayar Ayyup

Eastwood families head out to the polling station at the Huntington School, children in tow.

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Onondaga County Election Results

By Christopher Tuohey

For the latest vote totals in Onondaga County, go to the Board of Elections Results Cast.

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town hall with blue sky and waving flag

Southern Suburbs

Stickers, Kids and Civic Duty, Folks Line Up Early to Vote in Onondaga

By Elizabeth White

Voters in Onondaga county’s 13th and 15th districts cast their vote at Onondaga Town Hall.

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People vote at Salina Town Hall.

Northern Suburbs

The Importance of Voting

By Douglas Cortese

Today is election day and people are going to the polls at a higher rate than last year, but less than presidential elections, said Martha Christiano, the polling place director at Salina Town Hall. She said it is important to vote and people who don’t have no right to complain. “When people don’t come out […]

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Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" on door.

Northern Suburbs

For Liverpool Couple, Immigration and Healthcare Top Concerns on Election Day

By Hattie Lindert

On election day in Liverpool, Nilsa Mariano and Whittaker Duane cast their votes to support issues they consider central: for Mariano, immigration, and for Duane, healthcare. Although the 11 A.M. weather was less than ideal, the pair, alongside many others, were not deterred from coming to the Redeemer Evangelical Convent Church to exercise their rights.

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Woman in red coat standing outside of a library

Eastern Suburbs

Two Fayetteville Women: Voting is Our Duty, and Fun

By Emily Kelly

Seasoned voters Kimberly Killian, 54, and Jessica McKinnis, 40, said voting at the Fayetteville Free Library in the midterm election was something they enjoyed. “I always feel very proud,” McKinnis said. “And excited, and I can’t wait to see results in the evening.” Killian has been voting for years, yet her family still plays an […]

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A sign in front of the entrance to the Mundy Branch Library shows voters where to go.

City of Syracuse

Setting a Positive Example Drives Parents to Polls

By Daniel Harty

Marjorie Graham approaches voting with this motto: “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the progress.” For many Americans, voting is a right that is taken for granted. Some may even look at it as a hassle. In a time where people’s lives cease to pause, having to wake up early or make […]

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Reporting Locations

Democracy In Action reporters are all over Onondaga County.  These are the polling places we expect to visit. If you see a DIA reporter, let us know on twitter at @DemocracyAction.

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Syracuse City

Polling places within the City of Syracuse

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Every Vote Counts

Written by Brandon Williams, BDJ 664.02

Today is midterm election day and voters around Onondaga and surrounding counties have been at the polls all day. With the current political state in this country, more people have voted early in the 2018 midterm elections. Voters here said casting a ballot is what’s important, not necessarily winning. “You know that you played a part,” […]

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People going into the building.

Longtime Eastwood Voters Undeterred By Rain

Written by Marrisa Poe, MNO 617.1, MNO 617.2

The Syracuse rain, does not stop voters from showing up to vote today. In the morning before starting their day locals make their way to Huntington Elementary School to cast their vote. Locals encourage others to do the same.

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Calling for Change at the Polls

Written by Brooke Kato, NEW 305.3

Amongst road signs that read Dana Balter or John Katko for Congress scattered streetside in Syracuse suburbia were people waking up to vote on Nov. 6. On the front steps of one voting location, the North Central Church, a sign said “Vote Here.” Some of the people who arrived at the polling station at 9 […]

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Minority Voters: Present and Future

Written by Ramon Hernandez, BDJ 664.02

Voters of the 13th, 14th and 15th districts came to Nottingham High School Tuesday to cast their votes in the Midterm Elections. Former democratic mayoral candidate, Alfonso Davis, was one such voter. He said that coming to the polls to perform your civic duty is of the upmost importance, especially for minority voters. “I don’t […]

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Voters share the reasons behind their votes

Written by Darianny Abreu, BDJ 464.02

People were rushing by Danforth middle school this morning without letting the rainy weather, halt their efforts to make a change in congress. Danforth is one of the many polling places across the county where people can get the opportunity to vote in the midterm elections. People were stopping by before work to have their […]

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A sign in front of the entrance to the Mundy Branch Library shows voters where to go.

Setting a Positive Example Drives Parents to Polls

Written by Daniel Harty, BDJ 364.03

Marjorie Graham approaches voting with this motto: “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the progress.” For many Americans, voting is a right that is taken for granted. Some may even look at it as a hassle. In a time where people’s lives cease to pause, having to wake up early or make […]

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Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" with people in line in front of a table.

CNY Woman Volunteers on Election Day for 10th Year

Written by Brianna Yates, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

It’s Election Day and a rainy day in Central New York, but the rain hasn’t stopped voters from showing up to the polls. But voting can’t take place without volunteers like Cynthia Bishop. It’s the tenth year that Bishop has volunteered on Election Day. Today she’s spending the day at the Spiritual Renewal Center in […]

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Eastern Suburbs

Manlius, Fayetteville, East Syracuse, Jamesville, DeWitt

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Woman in red coat standing outside of a library

Two Fayetteville Women: Voting is Our Duty, and Fun

Written by Emily Kelly, NEW 305.3

Seasoned voters Kimberly Killian, 54, and Jessica McKinnis, 40, said voting at the Fayetteville Free Library in the midterm election was something they enjoyed. “I always feel very proud,” McKinnis said. “And excited, and I can’t wait to see results in the evening.” Killian has been voting for years, yet her family still plays an […]

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Morning Rain Doesn’t Stop Voters at Tecumseh Elementary School

Written by Ashtyn Hiron, BDJ 664.01

Tecumseh Elementary School Voting People rolled into Tecumseh Elementary in DeWitt this morning to cast their vote in this years midterm elections. Since the early hours of the morning the rain came hard, but that didn’t stop people from flooding the polling booths. Mary Kelly has been voting for 50 years. She said that there […]

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Three white dividers with an American flag and the word "vote" printed on them sit on a table, where an elderly woman fills out her ballot.

DeWitt Residents Commit to a Lifetime of Voting

Written by Samantha Perkins, NEW 305.3

Both 51-year-old Michael Thomas and 22-year-old Sarah E. have voted in every election since they turned 18. They discuss what voting means to them and why other citizens should feel compelled to vote.

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Voters cast their ballots.

Early Bird Voters Show Concern About Millennial Turnout

Written by Dominick Muccilo, BDJ 664.02

Early bird voters at Nottingham High School expressed their concerns over the millennial vote and how that could play a factor for this election and future elections. Numbers are down across the board for millennial voting and the hope is that they will increase this year.

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Sign with yellow letters reading "Vote Here" against an American flag background.

DeWitt Resident Fulfills Civic Responsibility

Written by Taylor Mccloud, NEW 305.3

As rampant political ads dominate and shape the political climate, DeWitt native Cameron Fiss votes for other reasons: to fulfill his civic responsibility and to encourage his peers to participate in the political process.

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Western Suburbs

Camillus, Marcellus, Solvay, Jordan-Elbridge, Geddes

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Voters leaving Camillus fire department in the rain.

Voters in Camillus are Fighting Through the Mud

Written by Patrick Gunn

The rain is coming down in Camillus today. That is not what’s keeping voters away from the poll on election day. While there are muddy conditions affecting people from voting, it’s not mud from the rain. That would be from the mudslinging from the political campaigns across the nation. “I think the advertising I see […]

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Northern Suburbs

North Syracuse, Liverpool, Clay, Cicero, Baldwinsville

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Voters sign in at polling place.

Cicero Voters Say This Year’s Election Has a Different Feel

Written by James Hilepo, BDJ 464.02

CICERO, N.Y. — To many voters, this Election Day doesn’t feel like just another year at the polls. Voters at Cicero Elementary School, like retired resident Ramona Wheeler, are feeling a deep sense of urgency. “I do, I do. I think that because so many people are getting involved, more so than I can ever remember, […]

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People vote at Salina Town Hall.

The Importance of Voting

Written by Douglas Cortese, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Today is election day and people are going to the polls at a higher rate than last year, but less than presidential elections, said Martha Christiano, the polling place director at Salina Town Hall. She said it is important to vote and people who don’t have no right to complain. “When people don’t come out […]

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Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" on door.

For Liverpool Couple, Immigration and Healthcare Top Concerns on Election Day

Written by Hattie Lindert, NEW 305.3

On election day in Liverpool, Nilsa Mariano and Whittaker Duane cast their votes to support issues they consider central: for Mariano, immigration, and for Duane, healthcare. Although the 11 A.M. weather was less than ideal, the pair, alongside many others, were not deterred from coming to the Redeemer Evangelical Convent Church to exercise their rights.

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Picture of sample ballot

Central New York Hitting The Polls Early

Written by Tamar Turner, BDJ 664.02

Midterm elections have started and Central New York residents are taking to the polls to cast their votes. Polling places across the community opened as early as 6 a.m. and residents were lined up everywhere to ensure their voices are heard. While some are concerned about issues like health care and social security, others simply […]

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Salina Town Hall

Early Afternoon Voters Cast Ballots During Lunch Hour in Salina

Written by Michael Adzima, BDJ 464.02

After the wave of morning voters, poll workers at the Salina Town Hall were ready for the next rush of voters in the early afternoon. Several people filed in to cast their ballots while on lunch breaks from work, including some who made sure to come out this year even after not regularly voting every November.

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Dana Balter Yard Sign

CNY Political Yard Signs: Could They Impact the 2018 Election?

Written by Gregory Bradbury, BDJ 364.01

It is Election Day 2018! One political science professor at Syracuse University is taking a look at the race in the 24th Congressional District through yard signs. Democracy in Action’s Greg Bradbury explains out how he thinks these could play a role in the race between John Katko and Dana Balter.

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Southern Suburbs

Skaneateles, Marcellus, Onondaga, LaFayette

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Baked goods on a table at a polling station

Sweet Treats at Central New York Polling Station

Written by Mateo Estling, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

Election day is one of the most important days of the year for some citizens, and many find it their civic duty to vote. But, that does not mean a little bit of fun can’t also be found at your local polling station. For voters at the Pompey Hill Fire Department in Central New York, […]

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Early Southside Voters Look for Change

Written by Christopher Lauck, BDJ 364.01

Earlier this morning, some voters at Danforth Magnet Elementary school on the south side of Syracuse, came out to the polls in hope of making a difference. Since the new administration in the White House was elected in 2016, some people are looking to turn Congress in the other direction. While some people voted to […]

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A sign in front of the entrance to the Mundy Branch Library shows voters where to go.

Setting a Positive Example Drives Parents to Polls

Written by Daniel Harty, BDJ 364.03

Marjorie Graham approaches voting with this motto: “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the progress.” For many Americans, voting is a right that is taken for granted. Some may even look at it as a hassle. In a time where people’s lives cease to pause, having to wake up early or make […]

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Student Looks to Continue Tradition After First Midterm Election

Written by Quentin Lehn, BDJ 311.01

Ryan Desko, a sophomore at Syracuse University, was able to cast his ballot for the first time in the Midterm elections at Fairmount Free Methodist Church, right across from where he went to Elementary School. With this being his second time voting, he felt much more comfortable in his surroundings. He says, “the first time […]

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Some Solvay Residents Join the Blue Wave on Election Day 2018

Written by Camila Grigera Naon, BDJ 364.01

Early this morning, some Solvay residents made their way to the Solvay Geddes Community Youth Center to vote for Democrats across the board in the midterm elections. While some have remained faithful to the Democratic Party for a long time, others recently started voting blue because they began to experience a loss of faith in […]

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A sign outside a polling place reading "Voting Enter Here."

Some Central New Yorkers Believe a Photo ID Should be Required to Vote

Written by Daniel Hatchett, BDJ 364.01

Requiring photo identification in order to vote has been a hot button issue across the nation for years and some Central New York voters would like to see that requirement here. Requiring a photo ID at the polls is on the ballot in several states across the nation today. It isn’t on the ballot in […]

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Kids At The Polls

While children can’t vote, many parents like to take them to the polls as a civics lesson.

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Minority Voters: Present and Future

Written by Ramon Hernandez, BDJ 664.02

Voters of the 13th, 14th and 15th districts came to Nottingham High School Tuesday to cast their votes in the Midterm Elections. Former democratic mayoral candidate, Alfonso Davis, was one such voter. He said that coming to the polls to perform your civic duty is of the upmost importance, especially for minority voters. “I don’t […]

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Voters share the reasons behind their votes

Written by Darianny Abreu, BDJ 464.02

People were rushing by Danforth middle school this morning without letting the rainy weather, halt their efforts to make a change in congress. Danforth is one of the many polling places across the county where people can get the opportunity to vote in the midterm elections. People were stopping by before work to have their […]

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Woman stands outside of a library.

Local Minority Female Votes for First Time

Written by Michael Mulford, BDJ 464.02

Syracuse voters flocked to the Hazard Branch Library on November 6th to vote in the midterm elections. Maralicia Newton is a 19-year-old Onondaga Community College student who voted for the first time at the library.

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A sign reads "Vote Here" with an arrow pointing toward the polling entrance. There is an American flag background on the sign.

Voters in Syracuse’s Southside Encourage Everyone to Vote

Written by Meghan O'Brien, BDJ 464.02

Rain and wind couldn’t keep voters away from the polls today. Crowds of people whipped out their rain coats and umbrellas to vote in what one voter said is the most important midterm election since the Vietnam War. “This may be the most important election of my life and I think it is for a […]

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Blue and white voting booths are set up in a hallway. Double doors lead to tables of ballots and scanning machines.

Making Voting a Family Tradition

Written by Ally Heath, BDJ 464.02

Faith Heritage School was nearly empty at 7:30 a.m. on election day last year. This morning, there were lines to both pick up a ballot and to cast it on the electronic machines. Among those casting ballots were families looking to carry on a long-standing tradition.

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Picture of a white sign, with black letters.

Every Vote Counts

Written by Brandon Williams, BDJ 664.02

Today is midterm election day and voters around Onondaga and surrounding counties have been at the polls all day. With the current political state in this country, more people have voted early in the 2018 midterm elections. Voters here said casting a ballot is what’s important, not necessarily winning. “You know that you played a part,” […]

Read More »

People vote at Salina Town Hall.

The Importance of Voting

Written by Douglas Cortese, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Today is election day and people are going to the polls at a higher rate than last year, but less than presidential elections, said Martha Christiano, the polling place director at Salina Town Hall. She said it is important to vote and people who don’t have no right to complain. “When people don’t come out […]

Read More »

A sign in front of the entrance to the Mundy Branch Library shows voters where to go.

Setting a Positive Example Drives Parents to Polls

Written by Daniel Harty, BDJ 364.03

Marjorie Graham approaches voting with this motto: “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the progress.” For many Americans, voting is a right that is taken for granted. Some may even look at it as a hassle. In a time where people’s lives cease to pause, having to wake up early or make […]

Read More »

Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" with people in line in front of a table.

CNY Woman Volunteers on Election Day for 10th Year

Written by Brianna Yates, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

It’s Election Day and a rainy day in Central New York, but the rain hasn’t stopped voters from showing up to the polls. But voting can’t take place without volunteers like Cynthia Bishop. It’s the tenth year that Bishop has volunteered on Election Day. Today she’s spending the day at the Spiritual Renewal Center in […]

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Dziko Boyd is signing in to vote in the election

The Importance of a Vote

Written by Jacob Kronberg, BDJ 364.03

With the midterm elections taking place today, citizens of Onondaga County are making their way to various polling stations to cast their votes. “Onondaga County is a really good district because we have a lot of polling places,” said Patti Herrman, who has worked as a Voting System Specialist at polling stations in Cicero, Baldwinsville […]

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Voters at Erwin First United Methodist Church

Motivated Voters Brave the Rain to Vote in Westcott

Written by Erin Lyons, BDJ 364.03

  Syracuse, N.Y.- It was pouring rain outside the Erwin First United Methodist Church in Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood, but voters of every age still braved the rain and cast their vote at the polling station. Near the polling station’s entrance, some voters on their way out stopped by a bake sale hosted by a church group, […]

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A picture of the American flag with the word vote written underneath.

Why Central New York Citizens Are Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Written by Natalie Fahmy, BDJ 364.01

Voters in Central New York are coming out to the polls to be a voice in the 2018 midterm elections. One polling place people are going to vote this year is Tecumseh Elementary School, where people are voting for various reasons. One CNY citizen, Sharron Royce, said voting in the midterm elections is especially important […]

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Voters leaving Camillus fire department in the rain.

Voters in Camillus are Fighting Through the Mud

Written by Patrick Gunn

The rain is coming down in Camillus today. That is not what’s keeping voters away from the poll on election day. While there are muddy conditions affecting people from voting, it’s not mud from the rain. That would be from the mudslinging from the political campaigns across the nation. “I think the advertising I see […]

Read More »

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