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Democracy in Action 2016

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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 2016 election marks DIA’s seventh 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!

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2016 Articles

Trump supporters begin early celebrations

By Kiona Dyches

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — As the results of the 2016 election rolled in, Syracuse University’s Sheraton Hotel hosted a “Republican Victory Party.” Republicans from the Syracuse area filled the regency ballroom from wall to wall. Filled with smiles, laughter, and cheering as they watched the election unfold, voters said they were confident their […]

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City of Syracuse

Katko Earns Second Term

By Michelle Fenelon

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – As members of the Republican Party gathered for their victory celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University hotel, loud cheers filled the ballroom throughout the night as results for the 2016 Presidential election poured in. However, one of the loudest celebrations of the night was not for Republican Presidential candidate […]

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City of Syracuse

Grandmother, Granddaughter Head to Polls in Syracuse

By Matthew D'Ambrosi

For one voter casting her ballot, election day is about more than supporting a particular candidate. It’s an opportunity to show her granddaughter the voting process.

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City of Syracuse

Syracuse Voters Are Loyal and Learning

By Michael Drew

Many Americans vote to fulfill their civic responsibility. But, in Syracuse, Election Day 2016 showed that it can be more than that. Several parents were seen bringing their children with them inside the polling place at the Elmcrest Children’s Center. One mother, in particular, brought her daughter in the hopes of adding another proud and dedicated voter to America’s future.

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Incumbent Katko Defeats Democrat Deacon in 24th Congressional District

By Ankur Dang

In a closely watched race, incumbent John Katko defeated Democrat Colleen Deacon in the 24th Congressional District.

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City of Syracuse

Voters Think This Election is One for the Books

By Kelsey Snider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election day is usually a big day for this country and its voters, and this election is especially important because of the differences between two of the presidential candidates – Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D). A lot of voters think this election is one of the most important elections […]

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Western Suburbs

Parents Brought Children Along To Polls After Work

By Zhiyan Zhong

Grown-ups were not the only ones at polls on Election Day. Many kids also followed their parents to polling sites and helped them exercise the right to vote.

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City of Syracuse

Future Voters Express Their Own Views About This Year’s Election

By Aubrie Tolliver

SYRACUSE N.Y. (Democracy in Action)–Twitter fights, hostile debates and ambiguous speeches–this year’s presidential campaigns are arguably the most publicized in the history of the United States.  So, it is not surprising that even the younger Americans have been drawn into the excitement. Six-year-old Mauriah Files from Syracuse knows who both the Democratic and Republican candidates are in this […]

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City of Syracuse

Voters Have Mixed Emotions About Presidential Election

By Kerene Limage

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) –  Voters shuffled quickly in and out of Fayetteville’s Free Library to cast their ballots. Some voters expressed that they can’t wait until the election season is over and they’ve had enough. “This election season has been so bizarre,” voter Julie Parker said. Some voters are casting their ballots for […]

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Southern Suburbs

Lafayette Residents Voice their Opinions about the Election

By Brittany Muller

Lafayette residents said they were voting for their family’s future.

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Social media helps first-time CNY voter

By Samantha Konieczny

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — One Skaneateles teenager voted Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the first time. “I’m really excited that I get to have my values represented in the government,” Dana Leahy said. Even at 18 years old, Leahy said she understands the importance of every vote. “I think it’s really important for people […]

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City of Syracuse

Syracuse Librarians Hold Their Own Election

By John Oliver

The Mundy Branch Library put on an election for kids. One librarian said the election helped teach children the importance of voting.

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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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Katko Earns Second Term

Written by Michelle Fenelon, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – As members of the Republican Party gathered for their victory celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University hotel, loud cheers filled the ballroom throughout the night as results for the 2016 Presidential election poured in. However, one of the loudest celebrations of the night was not for Republican Presidential candidate […]

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Syracuse Voters Are Loyal and Learning

Written by Michael Drew, BDJ 664.02

Many Americans vote to fulfill their civic responsibility. But, in Syracuse, Election Day 2016 showed that it can be more than that. Several parents were seen bringing their children with them inside the polling place at the Elmcrest Children’s Center. One mother, in particular, brought her daughter in the hopes of adding another proud and dedicated voter to America’s future.

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Spaghetti Brings Voters and Candidates Together

Written by Wilenie Sepulveda, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- The 67th Annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper was held in the Catholic Academy at Our Lady of Pompeii church. This fundraising event was started by the Mom’s Club in order to feed the poll workers when the school was a polling spot and, at the same time, to raise some money […]

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Voters Think This Election is One for the Books

Written by Kelsey Snider, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election day is usually a big day for this country and its voters, and this election is especially important because of the differences between two of the presidential candidates – Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D). A lot of voters think this election is one of the most important elections […]

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Future Voters Express Their Own Views About This Year’s Election

Written by Aubrie Tolliver, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE N.Y. (Democracy in Action)–Twitter fights, hostile debates and ambiguous speeches–this year’s presidential campaigns are arguably the most publicized in the history of the United States.  So, it is not surprising that even the younger Americans have been drawn into the excitement. Six-year-old Mauriah Files from Syracuse knows who both the Democratic and Republican candidates are in this […]

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Voters Have Mixed Emotions About Presidential Election

Written by Kerene Limage, BDJ 530.01

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) –  Voters shuffled quickly in and out of Fayetteville’s Free Library to cast their ballots. Some voters expressed that they can’t wait until the election season is over and they’ve had enough. “This election season has been so bizarre,” voter Julie Parker said. Some voters are casting their ballots for […]

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People made choices at Fayetteville Manlius High School

Written by Chai Lin Kim, BDJ 464.01

Manlius, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- Most of the Fayeteville and Manlius residents came to Fayetteville Manlius High School to support their candidates. Many people have voted here before but this is second time coming here to vote for Manlius resident, Josh Sargrad.  He said he voted this year because he had “just the feeling of […]

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Eastern Suburbs

Manlius, Fayetteville, East Syracuse, Jamesville, DeWitt

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Voter says this election will be “History in the making”

Written by Sarah Minkewicz, BDJ/NEW 530.01

  DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Many voters say that despite the results, this election is one to remember for year’s to come. “We’re voting for a women to run the United States for the first time, which is exciting,” said Maud White, who voted at Dewitt High School this morning. Voter Peter Ridley also […]

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Choosing the Best of the Worst

Written by Adam Friedman, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — “There is no reason not vote,” is what John Driscoll said as he was leaving the voting booth at Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse. New York polls are open until 9 p.m. tonight but according to the head of the polling place at Elmcrest Children’s Center a lot of people voted in […]

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Small Kids, Big Voices

Written by Michala Rueter, BDJ 464.01

DeWitt, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)-Students from the Syracuse Hebrew Day School had a first-hand look at the voting process at the adjacent Jewish Community Center. They were shown everything from how to fill out a sample ballot, to the services available for those with disabilities. While most younger students may find the election uninteresting, these […]

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The Matilda Gage Home: The History Behind Election 2016

Written by Desiree Hurlbut, BDJ 464.03

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – With the possibility of the United States electing the first female president, many people are paying their respects to Susan B. Anthony in Rochester New York. Here in Fayetteville, people have been gathering at the home and grave site of Matilda Gage. Matilda Gage worked alongside Susan B. Anthony […]

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Heightened Security at Polling Places

Written by Rebekah Boulos, BDJ 464.01

DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — There is heightened security today at the polls in hopes to keep voters safe.  The FBI is concerned with possible terrorist attacks this election day and has advised polling places to take extra precautions. At the Jewish Community Center in DeWitt there was a steady stream of voters and […]

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Manlius Residents Stress the Importance of Voting

Written by Kennedy Crenshaw, BDJ 464.01

Manlius N.Y. (Democracy in Action)– People started their morning off early at the polls at the Manlius Town Hall. Although this election has people jumping at the chance to vote, there was no line inside or outside of the Manlius Town Hall. Curiously the line stayed minimal even though poll worker Elizabeth Mahon explained that there […]

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Parents teach kids importance of voting in DeWitt

Written by Kathryn Shafsky, MNO 617.2

Parents in DeWitt brought their children to the polls this morning to teach them the importance of voting and civic responsibility. For some children, like Caitlin Seamans’ infant daughter and 2-year-old son, the democratic process started early.

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Western Suburbs

Camillus, Marcellus, Solvay, Jordan-Elbridge, Geddes

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Voters Hit The Polls

Written by Steven Hill, BDJ 464.5

JORDAN-ELBRIDGE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — After a long and heated campaign season, voters around the country headed to the polls to let their voices be heard Tuesday. With the highest office in the land at stake, this election brought out voters from all sides to cast their ballots. “I’ve been here long enough to […]

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2016 Race Brings Mixed Feelings in Marcellus

Written by Joshua Hess, BDJ 464.01

It is a historic election in 2016 but many voters across CNY have had enough of the mudslinging in this election cycle. Residents see flaws in both candidates and some are simply looking ahead to the next presidential election in hopes of better candidates.

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Syracuse residents in Skunk City make voting a family affair

Written by Cheyenne Lee, MNO 617.1, MNO 617.2

Residents of Skunk City, Syracuse, have banded together as families and as a larger community of eligible
voters for the 2016 presidential election. The turnout surprised Mundy Branch Library employees as dozens of people filed in to cast their vote.

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Neighborhood Support Leads Voters To Break Party Ties

Written by Kaitlin Pearson, BDJ 364.01

Camillus, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – The Camillus Fire Station polling place on Tuesday was busy with cars coming in and out as voters practiced their right to vote. However, across the street, neighbors of Republican congressional candidate John Katko were out to show their support more vocally. Showing up at 5 a.m. with their […]

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Rep. John Katko’s neighbors show support in Camillus

Written by Elliot Williams, MNO 617.2

Across the street from the polling station at Camillus Volunteer Fire Department, a group of seven enthusiastic friends and neighbors of U.S. Rep. John Katko waved American flags and posters in support of the Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District.

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Northern Suburbs

North Syracuse, Liverpool, Clay, Cicero, Baldwinsville

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Polls Wind Down as Election Day Comes to an End

Written by Angelica Vasquez, BDJ 464.5

At the end of the election day polling at Liverpool library continued into the night as people came to cast their ballots. Polling site chairperson Diane Primerano described the flow of voters as steady, reaching nearly a thousand people. The dedication of voters that came out for this election was much greater than in years prior, and left workers like Primerano excited for the outcome.

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Voters Have Mixed Emotions About Presidential Election

Written by Kerene Limage, BDJ 530.01

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) –  Voters shuffled quickly in and out of Fayetteville’s Free Library to cast their ballots. Some voters expressed that they can’t wait until the election season is over and they’ve had enough. “This election season has been so bizarre,” voter Julie Parker said. Some voters are casting their ballots for […]

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CNY Voters Look Down-ballot For Choice

Written by Jacqueline Tenreiro, BDJ/NEW 530.01

At the North Central Church in Liverpool, New York, the voting line is nearly at the door. But that doesn’t mean the people in line are entirely enthusiastic about casting their votes.

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Voters Come Out In All Ages

Written by Marissa McBride, BDJ 464.02

LIVERPOOL, N.Y (Democracy in Action) At the North Central and Redeemer Evangelical Covenant Church in the Northern suburbs of Syracuse, voters by the masses flocked to partake in one of the most controversial elections in recent history. The citizens participating were of all ages, races, and political affiliations – but two groups of voters, in particular, stuck […]

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North Syracuse Voters See Election Unlike Any Other

Written by Aishwarya Nag Choudhury, BDJ 530.01

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)  – The North Central Church saw high voter traffic starting from the early morning hours. Enthusiastic voters swarmed in to cast their votes and help shape the future of the nation. Kavitha Lal and her husband live in Liverpool. They first voted 20 years ago when they gained citizenship, and […]

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North of Normal Voter Turnout

Written by Jonathan Cerio, BDJ 530.01, BDJ 530.01, BDJ/NEW 530.01

This Election Day saw larger than normal voter turnout in North Syracuse this morning. Voters and volunteers weigh in on why that might be the case.

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Bake Sale

Solvay bake sale offers sweets to counter bitter election year

Written by Morgan Bulman, MNO 617.2

At the Solvay-Geddes Youth Center, baked goods on election day are a tradition. instead of being hyped up about whether or not people were Team Donald Trump or Team Hilary Clinton, most walked out of the center with a smile and bags full of baked goods.The funds are directly donated to the center in order to sustain youth sport programs such as basketball and baseball.

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Southern Suburbs

Skaneateles, Marcellus, Onondaga, LaFayette

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Social media helps first-time CNY voter

Written by Samantha Konieczny, BDJ 464.5

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — One Skaneateles teenager voted Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the first time. “I’m really excited that I get to have my values represented in the government,” Dana Leahy said. Even at 18 years old, Leahy said she understands the importance of every vote. “I think it’s really important for people […]

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First Time Voter Barely Registers

Written by Eric Melone

SKANEATELES, N.Y. – A first time voter almost wasn’t able to vote in today’s presidential election at the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department.  18-year-old Dana Leahy just moved from Rhode Island and was able to register just in time with New York State. For Leahy, it was worth the effort, “I think it’s really important for people […]

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Plenty Of Firsts On This Election Day

Written by Emily Adelman, BDJ 364.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — It was a day of firsts for many people this Election Day.  Syracuse residents came and went from the polling station at Erwin First United Methodist Church on Euclid Avenue, many of them doing so for the first time. “Oh, it was fun,” Michelle Mugo said. Mugo became a citizen only four […]

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Voters try to focus on policies, not candidate personas this election

Written by Rashika Jaipuriar, BDJ 364.01

POMPEY, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Despite the novelty of this year’s presidential election, voters in upstate New York are finding a way to tune out the political “noise” and listen to their hearts. Mary Anne Silvernail, a high school teacher from Manlius, said although there was a lot of focus on candidate personalities, it comes down […]

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Confusion over the candidates binds both parties together

Written by Daniel Luksan, BDJ 464.5

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Voters give their opinions on the 2016 presidential election outside of the Onondaga County Town Hall. Although opinions on the candidates varied greatly, one opinion remained the same across the board, voters are confused. “Both of them are very confusing,” Mary Jo Scaia said. Scaia was one of many voters […]

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Polls Wind Down as Election Day Comes to an End

Written by Angelica Vasquez, BDJ 464.5

At the end of the election day polling at Liverpool library continued into the night as people came to cast their ballots. Polling site chairperson Diane Primerano described the flow of voters as steady, reaching nearly a thousand people. The dedication of voters that came out for this election was much greater than in years prior, and left workers like Primerano excited for the outcome.

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Election 2016

Written by Royce Dorman, BDJ 464.5

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Voters trickled through the Onondaga Free Library and the Town of Onondaga Town Hall Tuesday afternoon to vote for the person they wanted to be the next President of the United States.  The common thread, however, no one seemed to be too sure that either candidate was the right answer; […]

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Katko Earns Second Term

Written by Michelle Fenelon, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – As members of the Republican Party gathered for their victory celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University hotel, loud cheers filled the ballroom throughout the night as results for the 2016 Presidential election poured in. However, one of the loudest celebrations of the night was not for Republican Presidential candidate […]

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Spaghetti Brings Voters and Candidates Together

Written by Wilenie Sepulveda, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- The 67th Annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper was held in the Catholic Academy at Our Lady of Pompeii church. This fundraising event was started by the Mom’s Club in order to feed the poll workers when the school was a polling spot and, at the same time, to raise some money […]

Read More »

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Voters Think This Election is One for the Books

Written by Kelsey Snider, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election day is usually a big day for this country and its voters, and this election is especially important because of the differences between two of the presidential candidates – Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D). A lot of voters think this election is one of the most important elections […]

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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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Confusion over the candidates binds both parties together

Written by Daniel Luksan, BDJ 464.5

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Voters give their opinions on the 2016 presidential election outside of the Onondaga County Town Hall. Although opinions on the candidates varied greatly, one opinion remained the same across the board, voters are confused. “Both of them are very confusing,” Mary Jo Scaia said. Scaia was one of many voters […]

Read More »

Syracuse Voters Are Loyal and Learning

Written by Michael Drew, BDJ 664.02

Many Americans vote to fulfill their civic responsibility. But, in Syracuse, Election Day 2016 showed that it can be more than that. Several parents were seen bringing their children with them inside the polling place at the Elmcrest Children’s Center. One mother, in particular, brought her daughter in the hopes of adding another proud and dedicated voter to America’s future.

Read More »

Small Kids, Big Voices

Written by Michala Rueter, BDJ 464.01

DeWitt, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)-Students from the Syracuse Hebrew Day School had a first-hand look at the voting process at the adjacent Jewish Community Center. They were shown everything from how to fill out a sample ballot, to the services available for those with disabilities. While most younger students may find the election uninteresting, these […]

Read More »

Voters Come Out In All Ages

Written by Marissa McBride, BDJ 464.02

LIVERPOOL, N.Y (Democracy in Action) At the North Central and Redeemer Evangelical Covenant Church in the Northern suburbs of Syracuse, voters by the masses flocked to partake in one of the most controversial elections in recent history. The citizens participating were of all ages, races, and political affiliations – but two groups of voters, in particular, stuck […]

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Camillus voters want this election to be over

Written by Rukayat Oloko, MNO 617.1, MNO 617.2

CAMILLUS, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – By early afternoon, more than 1,000 voters had shown up at the Camillus Elks Lodge polling station since polls opened at 6 a.m. Polling station manager Jill Rotella expressed her excitement that people have been showing up at the site to vote. Rotella had been at the site since it opened […]

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