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Democracy in Action 2019

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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 2019 election marks DIA’s tenth 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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2019 Articles

Election day

Northern Suburbs

Cicero Voters Cast Their Ballots

By Scarlett Lisjak

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – The polls were busy with passionate voters in Cicero at the Believers Chapel polling location. Despite voters having 10 days prior to cast their ballots, many chose to vote on election day to keep tradition like voter David Souter, who believes that some traditions should change. “Were already panicked enough […]

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Election Day 2019

City of Syracuse

Onondaga County Residents Show up at the Polls

By D'Andre Henderson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections. Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said  she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s […]

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Cathy Hynson signing in a voter on the iPad.

City of Syracuse

Voting Inspectors are Needed in Syracuse

By Sarah Al-Shaikh

Polling locations across Syracuse welcomed new iPads this election season that make it easier to sign in voters. What’s not easy is the lack of voting inspectors to man them. Voting inspectors across Syracuse are overworked because they are shorthanded. This raises concerns for possible mistakes because there are not enough hands on deck.

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White cardboard with "Vote"

Eastern Suburbs

Close Proximity of Polling Stations in Minoa Confuse Some Voters

By Nick Ursini

In the Village of Minoa, there were two polling stations with two minutes of each other. The Municipal Building and Saint Mary’s Parish welcomed a larger number of voters than poll workers anticipated. With the close proximity to one another, some voters were confused on which building they should go to cast their ballots.

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NYC Native First Time Voting In Syracuse

By Gabrielle Riles

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Barbara Hobdy is a new resident in Syracuse and she voted for the first time in the city at Transfiguration Catholic Church which is only a few blocks from where she lives. There wasn’t much foot traffic at the church voting location unlike her past experiences in New York City and […]

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Southern Suburbs

Young voters take to the polls today to cast their vote

By Alex Peebles

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The first Tuesday after the first Monday of November marks Election Day across the country. Even though this year’s elections are for local government it is still a day where people can be heard and uphold their rights as United States citizens. A polling station at the LaFayette Fire Department […]

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Today people went to the Onondaga Free Library, but not just to check out books.

By Dana Casullo

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – Today people went to the Onondaga Free library to cast their votes for the local election. This was the first year for Central New Yorkers to use the new voting technology at the polls. The new technology came easy to 21-year-old voter, Megan Burrows. Burrows said it’s very important her […]

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Marcellus Fire Station Brought More Than Firefighters In Today

By Julianna D'Urzo

MARCELLUS, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Every first Tuesday of November marks local election day. One polling station, Marcellus Fire Station, has seen a continuous flow of voters since they opened their doors today at 6 a.m. To some, voting is a right and to others, voting is a way to have their voices heard. For […]

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Democracy in Action, The Story of One Poll Volunteer

By Joe Trently

Election Day has arrived in Onondaga County. However, voters aren’t the only highlights of this day. Volunteers work around the clock in order to make this day run. Find out about one man, who has been doing this for 19 years.

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Onondaga County Voters Struggle With Negative Advertisements

By Payton May

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) –  Rain poured on Onondaga County voters who decided to brave the weather and fulfill their civic duty. Voters across the county had very different reasons for voting. Voter Patricia Farrington thought that change doesn’t come quickly or easily, but voting is the most beneficial way to make sure you are […]

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Onondaga County Election Results

By Christopher Tuohey

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)   For updated election results through the evening, Go to the Onondaga County Board of Elections Results Page.

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A sign stands outside a Liverpool polling location.

Election Day Keeps Liverpool Family Traditions Alive

By Ian Toner

While schools in Liverpool stayed closed for administrative conferences, parents and grandparents taught their children and grandchildren lessons in democracy.

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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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Election Day 2019

Onondaga County Residents Show up at the Polls

Written by D'Andre Henderson, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections. Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said  she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s […]

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Cathy Hynson signing in a voter on the iPad.

Voting Inspectors are Needed in Syracuse

Written by Sarah Al-Shaikh, BDJ 664.02

Polling locations across Syracuse welcomed new iPads this election season that make it easier to sign in voters. What’s not easy is the lack of voting inspectors to man them. Voting inspectors across Syracuse are overworked because they are shorthanded. This raises concerns for possible mistakes because there are not enough hands on deck.

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Amanda Albert

Syracuse Residents Influence Young Children to Vote

Written by Amanda Albert, BDJ 464.02

North Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Voters have been flooding the polls all day to cast their votes in the 2019 Election. At the North Syracuse Central School building in North Syracuse, many voters are accompanied by young children. Parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents hope that bringing kids to the polls will influence them to […]

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Balloons and tables set up for the 70th Anniversary of the Spaghetti Supper

Politicians Break Bread With Their Competition

Written by Michelle Knezovic, BDJ 664.02

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – Election Day is filled with candidates, campaigning and competition. In Syracuse it has been a tradition for the last 70 years to take a break from the busy day and stop for lunch. The Our Lady of Pompei School holds their annual Spaghetti Supper every Election Day. Tony Paris has been […]

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Picture of a white sign, with black letters.

New Election Technology Makes Voting Easier for People with Disabilities

Written by Brandon Moore, BDJ 364.03

SYRACUSE, N.Y (NCC NEWS)  Thousand of Upstate New Yorkers flocked voting sites today as many officials are running for different offices. Onondaga County has reported a major increase in registered voters this fall and many are wondering why 2019 is seeing such an increase. With the changes in voter technology, people with disabilities are having […]

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Reformed Church of Syracuse

New Electronic Check-In System Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Written by Jonathan Danilich, BDJ 311.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y.(NCC News)– Some voters praised a new electronic check-in system at the polls Tuesday morning, including Syracuse resident Andrea Wandersee. “It was very smooth this year!” Wandersee said. “I mean, there’s a new system this year and so some of the staff are still figuring a few things out, but It’s seven in the morning […]

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Food from the Spaghetti Supper

Our Lady of Pompei hosts its 70th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper

Written by Kathleen Lane, BDJ 364.03

Politicians and community members gather at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse on Election Day. They are leaving politics behind and sharing a meal together. Parents bring in young children before or after heading to the polls to cast a vote. Onondaga County residents say it is important to set an example for children and show them the importance of voting. Community members can stop by the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 5th for the Spaghetti Supper.

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Amanda Albert

Syracuse Residents Influence Young Children to Vote

Written by Amanda Albert, BDJ 364.02

North Syracuse, N.Y. — Voters have been flooding the polls all day to cast their votes in the 2019 Election. At the North Syracuse Central School building in North Syracuse, many voters are accompanied by young children. Parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents hope that bringing kids to the polls will influence them to vote in […]

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Eastern Suburbs

Manlius, Fayetteville, East Syracuse, Jamesville, DeWitt

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Vote Here sign found at Syracuse polling place

New Voter iPad Sign-In Gets Mixed Reviews

Written by Marsha Augustin, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – It’s Election Day and New York voters are casting their ballots. But there’s a new way to sign in before they can do that. Some said it saves time, other said it’s a waste of time. The new sign in system before casting your vote at the polls does not […]

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White cardboard with "Vote"

Close Proximity of Polling Stations in Minoa Confuse Some Voters

Written by Nick Ursini, BDJ 664.02

In the Village of Minoa, there were two polling stations with two minutes of each other. The Municipal Building and Saint Mary’s Parish welcomed a larger number of voters than poll workers anticipated. With the close proximity to one another, some voters were confused on which building they should go to cast their ballots.

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A DeWitt resident receives his ballot.

Jamesville-DeWitt Polling Center Commemorates Milestone Election Day

Written by Peyton Smith, BDJ 464.02

DEWITT, N.Y. (NCC News) — Five-year-old Isabella Gingold held her mother’s hand as she raced across the Jamesville-Dewitt High School parking lot towards the doors to the polling center. Isabella’s excitment to participate in her civic duty is especially fitting this Election Day as it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United […]

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Woman entering Transfiguration Church

The youth can change the future

Written by Julia Anna Mahl, BDJ 364.03

At the polling places you can not only find people over 18. Sometimes, a surprisingly young face stands out of the crowd. Just like the 10-year-old niece of voter David.

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Western Suburbs

Camillus, Marcellus, Solvay, Jordan-Elbridge, Geddes

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iPad with voter signature for digital poll book.

New technology comes to Onondaga County elections

Written by Kallan Arkeder, BDJ 464.02

CAMILLUS, N.Y.(NCC NEWS)– Although it was a gloomy day in Onondaga county, some new technology lit up today’s election. Onondaga County Poll Inspector Gary says the use of iPads has made the elections a lot more efficient. “There is less paper on the desks, less chance of confusion and things like that,” said Gary. “I […]

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Two women working the Solvay-Geddes bake sale.

Solvay Resident Continues Family Tradition on Election Day

Written by Alexandra King, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

SOLVAY, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary continued to carry on tradition today by hosting a bake sale outside of the Solvay-Geddes polling location. Voters and polling officials were not the only early-risers this morning, as bake sale volunteers began their fundraisers as soon as the doors opened. Adelaide Silvia, one of today’s […]

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Northern Suburbs

North Syracuse, Liverpool, Clay, Cicero, Baldwinsville

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Election day

Cicero Voters Cast Their Ballots

Written by Scarlett Lisjak, BDJ 664.02

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – The polls were busy with passionate voters in Cicero at the Believers Chapel polling location. Despite voters having 10 days prior to cast their ballots, many chose to vote on election day to keep tradition like voter David Souter, who believes that some traditions should change. “Were already panicked enough […]

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Voters reflect on the importance of the suffrage movement

Written by Rebecca Lan, NEW 305.3

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) – Most people say their sense of civic responsibility drives them to vote each year. For Lorraine Savidge, it is her ability to vote at all, that also motivates her. “Next year is the hundred year anniversary of women’s suffrage, 1920, they weren’t granted the vote, they were permitted,” Savidge said. She […]

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Southern Suburbs

Skaneateles, Marcellus, Onondaga, LaFayette

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Young voters take to the polls today to cast their vote

Written by Alex Peebles, BDJ 664.02

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The first Tuesday after the first Monday of November marks Election Day across the country. Even though this year’s elections are for local government it is still a day where people can be heard and uphold their rights as United States citizens. A polling station at the LaFayette Fire Department […]

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Man holding his campaign sign while waving on Election Day

Skaneateles Resident Runs as Write-In Candidate for County Legislator

Written by Moriah Humiston, BDJ 311.01

Skaneateles Resident Zack Ford is running as a last minute write-in candidate for Onondaga County legislator. Ford wants to help protect Skaneateles Lake and Onondaga County’s environment overall, and has been walking nearly six miles everyday campaigning for himself to be elected.

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Election Day 2019

Onondaga County Residents Show up at the Polls

Written by D'Andre Henderson, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections. Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said  she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s […]

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

Negative Ads Create Negative Results

Written by Tyler Carr, BDJ 311.01

With the County Executive position up for vote, Democratic Tony Malavenda has been questioning if Republican incumbent Ryan McMahon is fit for office in his campaign ads. On Election Day, some voters suggest that the negative ads are producing negative results for Malavenda.

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Photo of the Vote Here sign at the polling station.

Solvay Resident Finds A Whole New Meaning In Election Day

Written by Morgan Alexander, BDJ 664.02

A CNY resident uses Election day as not only a day to vote but also a day to raise money for children in the surrounding community. A bake sale is being held at the polling site in Solvay in order to keep the Solvay youth center in business. Overall, this bake sale is very successful due to the fact that many people come in and out of the polling sites all day and are looking for a tasty snack after they vote.

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Man holding his campaign sign while waving on Election Day

Skaneateles Resident Runs as Write-In Candidate for County Legislator

Written by Moriah Humiston, BDJ 311.01

Skaneateles Resident Zack Ford is running as a last minute write-in candidate for Onondaga County legislator. Ford wants to help protect Skaneateles Lake and Onondaga County’s environment overall, and has been walking nearly six miles everyday campaigning for himself to be elected.

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Greg Bradbury from NCC News interviews Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Executive, Tony Malavenda, before his Election Day appearances.

Tony Malavenda Casts His Vote At A Syracuse High School, Before Election Day Appearances

Written by Colette Jones, BDJ 311.01

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)– Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Executive, Tony Malavenda, cast his vote at Nottingham High School this morning, before the start of his Election Day appearances. “It’ll be a busy, heavy, hectic day, and I’m sure it’s gonna be stressful, to some extent, but I’m looking forward to the whole day, actually. […]

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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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A DeWitt resident receives his ballot.

Jamesville-DeWitt Polling Center Commemorates Milestone Election Day

Written by Peyton Smith, BDJ 464.02

DEWITT, N.Y. (NCC News) — Five-year-old Isabella Gingold held her mother’s hand as she raced across the Jamesville-Dewitt High School parking lot towards the doors to the polling center. Isabella’s excitment to participate in her civic duty is especially fitting this Election Day as it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United […]

Read More »

Amanda Albert

Syracuse Residents Influence Young Children to Vote

Written by Amanda Albert, BDJ 464.02

North Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Voters have been flooding the polls all day to cast their votes in the 2019 Election. At the North Syracuse Central School building in North Syracuse, many voters are accompanied by young children. Parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents hope that bringing kids to the polls will influence them to […]

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Woman entering Transfiguration Church

The youth can change the future

Written by Julia Anna Mahl, BDJ 364.03

At the polling places you can not only find people over 18. Sometimes, a surprisingly young face stands out of the crowd. Just like the 10-year-old niece of voter David.

Read More »

Amanda Albert

Syracuse Residents Influence Young Children to Vote

Written by Amanda Albert, BDJ 364.02

North Syracuse, N.Y. — Voters have been flooding the polls all day to cast their votes in the 2019 Election. At the North Syracuse Central School building in North Syracuse, many voters are accompanied by young children. Parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents hope that bringing kids to the polls will influence them to vote in […]

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vote sticker

Early Morning Polling Hours Bring Out the Best of Central New Yorkers

Written by Lilia Wood, BDJ 465.03

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Many people have been asking themselves questions before the cast their ballots today, but William Sovik has voted every year since he was 18 years old and knows one thing for sure.  “I know who I’m not voting for,” Sovik said. “I  mean I left a whole column blank.” Sovik is […]

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The Polling site at North Syracuse Central Schools

Voters Cast Ballots in North Syracuse

Written by Alexa Roth, BDJ 664.02

Mackenzie Hafner, a Syracuse resident and mom, brought her kids to the voting site with her this morning to learn the importance of being active in the community. She hopes that when they are of age, they come out and vote themselves. Voting polls are open today until 9 p.m.

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Democracy in Action

Local Elections are Important

Written by Carter Griffin, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

CAMILLUS, N.Y. (NCC-NEWS)- The Saint Joseph’s Parish Center was crowded with people that were heading to the polling place to vote in this year’s election. Although this year’s election was not one that determined who the next President of The United States would be, resident MaryJo Crockett says local elections are very important. “I think most […]

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Personal Circumstances Brings Voter to the Polls

Written by Jenna Elique, BDJ 364.03

Marcellus, N.Y. (NCC News) – One Marcellus parent decided to vote for reasons that stretched beyond politics. Days before the elections, voter Theresa Hamilton’s brother pasted away.  Her attendance at the polls was the first break she has had from crying the past couple of days. Hamilton said she came out to the polls because […]

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Vote Here sign found at Syracuse polling place

Syracuse Family Makes it a Point to Vote

Written by Connor Hanan

Some people choose not to vote in the years with a local election, but one Syracuse family has made a tradition of going to the polls. The Jones family plans to continue this yearly outing for as long as they can.

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Reformed Church of Syracuse

New Electronic Check-In System Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Written by Jonathan Danilich, BDJ 311.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y.(NCC News)– Some voters praised a new electronic check-in system at the polls Tuesday morning, including Syracuse resident Andrea Wandersee. “It was very smooth this year!” Wandersee said. “I mean, there’s a new system this year and so some of the staff are still figuring a few things out, but It’s seven in the morning […]

Read More »

Food from the Spaghetti Supper

Our Lady of Pompei hosts its 70th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper

Written by Kathleen Lane, BDJ 364.03

Politicians and community members gather at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse on Election Day. They are leaving politics behind and sharing a meal together. Parents bring in young children before or after heading to the polls to cast a vote. Onondaga County residents say it is important to set an example for children and show them the importance of voting. Community members can stop by the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 5th for the Spaghetti Supper.

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Polling station at WCNY TV station in Syracuse.

Central New York Voters Frustrated With Current Political Climate

Written by Bryan Hudnell, BDJ 311.01

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The emotional fallout of the 2016 Presidential Election is still on the minds of central New York voters as they head to the polls for today’s Election Day. A portion of Central New York voters is dissatisfied with the current political climate under President Donald Trump. For voters like Helen Dewey, a […]

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Elsie Singletary and voter

Poll Workers as the Unsung Heroes of Election Day

Written by Mackenzie Pearce, BDJ 311.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Election Day is in full swing this morning, especially at Faith Heritage School in Syracuse, where poll workers arrived at five this morning. While this job might be less than glamorous, it is essential to running a smooth election day. Elsie Singletary has been working at the Faith Heritage School […]

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Jackie Sadowski and Evelyn Disinger sit inside the entrace of the Erwin First United Methodist Church polling place.

United Methodist Women Continue Their Annual Election Day Bake Sale

Written by Jacy Cola, BDJ 311.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Today is election day in New York, and voters at Erwin First United Methodist Church were greeted by an assortment of baked goods and a friendly hello this morning. Jackie Sadowski and Evelyn Disinger of United Methodist Women sat in the entrance of the polling place, with a variety of […]

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Two women working the Solvay-Geddes bake sale.

Solvay Resident Continues Family Tradition on Election Day

Written by Alexandra King, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

SOLVAY, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary continued to carry on tradition today by hosting a bake sale outside of the Solvay-Geddes polling location. Voters and polling officials were not the only early-risers this morning, as bake sale volunteers began their fundraisers as soon as the doors opened. Adelaide Silvia, one of today’s […]

Read More »

Greg Bradbury from NCC News interviews Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Executive, Tony Malavenda, before his Election Day appearances.

Tony Malavenda Casts His Vote At A Syracuse High School, Before Election Day Appearances

Written by Colette Jones, BDJ 311.01

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)– Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Executive, Tony Malavenda, cast his vote at Nottingham High School this morning, before the start of his Election Day appearances. “It’ll be a busy, heavy, hectic day, and I’m sure it’s gonna be stressful, to some extent, but I’m looking forward to the whole day, actually. […]

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