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 2017 election marks DIA’s eighth year of telling voters’ stories. Students on assignment represent all the journalism programs at the Newhouse school, including graduates and undergraduates in Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism, Multimedia, Photography and Design and students in our Military programs. We hope you enjoy everything you see, read and hear!
Democrat candidate Juanita Perez-Williams fell short in the Syracuse mayoral race to Independent candidate Ben Walsh. Despite the outcome, she and her supporters say they need to move forward.
Juanita Perez Williams was the democratic candidate for Mayor of Syracuse. The polls continued close to Ben Walsh, independent candidate and newly elected mayor.
Ben Walsh makes history tonight by becoming the first Independent candidate to win the Syracuse Mayoral election in the past 100 years. He held his celebration party at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown, where hundreds celebrated his win.
As 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote in New York State, female supporters of Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh share their thoughts on exercising their right in this year’s election.
In Camillus, residents will not be able to vote for Mayor of Syracuse. Still, voters are showing up in surprising amounts and they appear to be focused on the issues on the back of the bill rather than the names on the front.
Voters at the Fayetteville Free Library were very enthusiastic to exercise their right to vote. Many are keeping up a tradition that they have followed from watching their families vote when they were younger.
Despite serving fewer voting districts this year, officials at the Camillus Elks Lodge say voting participation is high for a non-presidential election year. Some say it is because of a potential state constitutional convention, voted for on the back of the ballot.
Senior voters at the Elmwood Polling Center in Syracuse want the mayoral candidates to interact with the voters more. They think these days the candidates spend more time on TV debates but do not spend time with voters. This gap makes it more difficult to build trust between voters and the candidates.
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.