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Democracy in Action 2017

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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 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!

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2017 Articles

City of Syracuse

Young Voters are Excited to Make a Difference

By Jose Cuevas Jr

Young voters head to the polls in Syracuse.

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City of Syracuse

Perez-Williams says she needs to move forward after losing mayoral race

By Brooke Meenachan

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.

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Democratic Supporters Defeated After Closing Out the Election

By Erica Pieschke

Juanita Perez Williams was the democratic candidate for Mayor of Syracuse. The polls continued close to Ben Walsh, independent candidate and newly elected mayor.

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City of Syracuse

Ben Walsh is Bringing a New Meaning to the Word Independent

By Mye Owens

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.

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City of Syracuse

2017 Syracuse Mayoral Election Was About More Than Politics

By Alana Seldon

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.

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Western Suburbs

Surprising Voter Turnout in Camillus

By Frank DeLuca

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.

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City of Syracuse

Voting For Change

By Jude Allume

Election day has finally arrived after a long campaign that saw several candidates for mayor of Syracuse. The citizens of Syracuse showed up to vote in cold weather conditions in hopes of changing the city for the better.

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City of Syracuse

Voters Say Every Election Matters

By Mary Peters

People showed up to vote at the Petit Branch Library in Syracuse. There are different reasons why voters choose to show up each year to cast their ballots.

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Eastern Suburbs

Fayetteville Voters Follow A Tradition Of Going To The Polls

By Hannah Duncan

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.

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Northern Suburbs

Clay Polling Site May Set Record

By Nguatem Nzengung

The North Syracuse Central School District Offices remained busy this morning as residents braved the cold to cast their votes at the polling site.

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Western Suburbs

Potential constitutional convention brings voters out in Camillus

By Jared Bomba

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.

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City of Syracuse

Voters Want to Talk with Candidates

By Kohinur Khyum

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.

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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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Why Voters Chose To Vote

Written by India Timpton, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N. Y. (Democracy in Action) – Around the county voters turned out to cast their ballots for candidates running for Syracuse mayor and on policy changes in Central New York. This year’s four finalists mayoral candidates were as diverse as the community the winner will represent. At the Elmcrest Student Center the voters presented […]

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Back of Ballot Shines on Election Day

Written by Jordan Capozzi, BDJ 364.03

The mayoral race wasn’t the only issue on voters’ minds when they went to the polls. There were multiple decisions to make on the back of the ballot. Read to find out which ones caught voters’ attention and how they felt about them.

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Supporters Celebrate Walsh’s Victory

Written by Jefferson Fenner, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Independent candidate Ben Walsh has won the election to become the 54th Mayor of Syracuse. On Tuesday, his supporters filled in the Marriott Downtown Syracuse to watch the numbers and listen to the future head of the city government. Walsh addressed the crowd thanking supporters and celebrated the victory.

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Eastern Suburbs

Manlius, Fayetteville, East Syracuse, Jamesville, DeWitt

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Voters Say It’s Time For A Change

Written by Ashley Burroughs, BDJ 664.02

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Fayetteville Free Library is one of the many locations where people were casting their vote for the next mayor. Today is also the 100th Anniversary of Women’s suffrage. Women voters reflected on the importance of voting and making sure their voices continue to be heard. “Matilda Joclyn Gage’s house […]

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How Are Different DeWitt Residents Preparing for Today’s Election?

Written by Thomas Vielkind Jr, BDJ 364.03

DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – It is Election Day at the Jewish Community Center in DeWitt.  Residents prepared for the election in different ways.  For Stefanie Smith, local elections present their own set of problems. “It’s almost a little more difficult to figure out the local elections which are more important than a lot of […]

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Mother Shows Her Son The Importance of Voting

Written by Brittany Ehrlich, BDJ 464.02

DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Kellie Ellis brought her son to the Jewish Community Center today to show him how he has a voice in this country. Ellis is a mother of four and tries to vote every year on election day, especially now that she is a mother. “Our voices can make a […]

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Western Suburbs

Camillus, Marcellus, Solvay, Jordan-Elbridge, Geddes

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Surprising Voter Turnout in Camillus

Written by Frank DeLuca, BDJ 664.02

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.

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Fire Station Welcomes Voters On Election Day In Skaneateles

Written by Matthew Moyer, BDJ 364.01

Skaneateles, NY (Democracy in Action)– Today it is election day in Skaneateles and other Central New York communities. On this cold Tuesday morning a lot of people showed up to the Skaneateles fire station to cast their vote. Maralyn Mathis, who is 79 years old, came out to vote today like she does for every […]

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Some Camillus Voters Done With Partisan Politics

Written by Mac Konrad, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

On Election Day some Camillus voters said they are fed up with partisan politics. They expressed their hopes that their votes would lead to changes. Whether it’s ballot issues or elected officials,these voters in Camillus are hoping for a little less politics in their government. CAMILLUS, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)– On Election Day, several Camillus residents expressed […]

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Voters Hit Polls Early with Concerns of a Small Turnout Still Looming

Written by John Patel, BDJ 464.02

SOLVAY, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – The Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center is usually one of the busiest polling sites in the Syracuse area. No change this year with many voters already heading to the polls at the center this morning. However, there are still concerns on a small number of voters casting ballots on election […]

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Northern Suburbs

North Syracuse, Liverpool, Clay, Cicero, Baldwinsville

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Clay Polling Site May Set Record

Written by Nguatem Nzengung, MNO 617.1

The North Syracuse Central School District Offices remained busy this morning as residents braved the cold to cast their votes at the polling site.

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North Syracuse Schools Closed for Election Day; Parents Bring Children to Polling Stations

Written by Olivia Johnson, BDJ 364.03

Schools in the Central New York area that are being used as voting stations for today’s elections are shut down, allowing many parents to bring their children along for the process. The parents who brought their children to the North Syracuse Central School District Voting location seemed to be in agreement that while it may be hard for children to understand specific details of elections, it is important for members of the younger generation to at least understand the importance of voting.

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Voters See Voting as a Civic Duty

Written by Tyler Dudley, BDJ 664.02

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election Day is here and citizens are coming out to vote at North Central Church in the northern suburbs of Syracuse. Poll workers were there starting at 4 a.m. to get everything in order before voters started piling in. Some voters came with their children, significant other, or […]

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Democracy in Action

Voting System Specialists Help Reduce Fears of the Voting Process

Written by Jae Hyun Kim, BDJ 364.01

  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- The voting process can be intimidating for many voters, but it is the job of the voting system specialist to make sure that the scanning systems function properly so that voters can easily cast their ballots. Jo Morse has been working as the voting system specialist at North Central […]

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Southern Suburbs

Skaneateles, Marcellus, Onondaga, LaFayette

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A Baking Sale Tradition on Election Day

Written by Rafael Tavares Dantas De Freitas, BDJ 664.02

By Rafael Freitas, POMPEY, N.Y (Democracy in Action) –  For the past 44 years, The Pompey Hill Fire Department Academy has been doing more than hosting voters on election day. They’ve been helping kids to go to school through a baking sale. Pumpkin pies, apple pies, mix berries pies, all different kind of breads and […]

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Marcellus Voters Look To Make Change Through Con-Con

Written by Odeya Pinkus, BDJ/NEW 530.01

Voters in Marcellus don’t have many option when it comes to their town-wide elections. The real choice comes in county-wide elections as well as the propositions on the back of the ballot. One of these propositions will decide whether or not New York holds a constitutional convention.

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Voters Say It’s Time For A Change

Written by Ashley Burroughs, BDJ 664.02

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Fayetteville Free Library is one of the many locations where people were casting their vote for the next mayor. Today is also the 100th Anniversary of Women’s suffrage. Women voters reflected on the importance of voting and making sure their voices continue to be heard. “Matilda Joclyn Gage’s house […]

Read More »

Supporters Celebrate Walsh’s Victory

Written by Jefferson Fenner, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Independent candidate Ben Walsh has won the election to become the 54th Mayor of Syracuse. On Tuesday, his supporters filled in the Marriott Downtown Syracuse to watch the numbers and listen to the future head of the city government. Walsh addressed the crowd thanking supporters and celebrated the victory.

Read More »

Voters Say Every Election Matters

Written by Mary Peters, BDJ 664.02

People showed up to vote at the Petit Branch Library in Syracuse. There are different reasons why voters choose to show up each year to cast their ballots.

Read More »

Voters Want to Talk with Candidates

Written by Kohinur Khyum, MNO 617.2

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.

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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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North Syracuse Schools Closed for Election Day; Parents Bring Children to Polling Stations

Written by Olivia Johnson, BDJ 364.03

Schools in the Central New York area that are being used as voting stations for today’s elections are shut down, allowing many parents to bring their children along for the process. The parents who brought their children to the North Syracuse Central School District Voting location seemed to be in agreement that while it may be hard for children to understand specific details of elections, it is important for members of the younger generation to at least understand the importance of voting.

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Mother Shows Her Son The Importance of Voting

Written by Brittany Ehrlich, BDJ 464.02

DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Kellie Ellis brought her son to the Jewish Community Center today to show him how he has a voice in this country. Ellis is a mother of four and tries to vote every year on election day, especially now that she is a mother. “Our voices can make a […]

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A Father Hopes To Inspire His Son With A Family Tradition

Written by Emma Henzes, BDJ 364.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- At the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, 4-year-old Joseph Marrone fills a ballot bubble while sitting on his father’s lap. Anthony Marrone has been taking his son Joseph to the voting polls since he was 2 months old. “He was born in September and I think he voted in that primary […]

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