2019 Elections

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

By Lilia Wood, BDJ 465.03

Published on November 5, 2019
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MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING THEMSELVES QUESTIONS BEFORE THE CAST THEIR BALLOTS TODAY. 

BUT, FOR WILLIAM SOVIK, HE KNOWS ONE THING:

WILLIAM: “I KNOW WHO I’M NOT VOTING FOR. I MEAN I LEFT THE WHOLE COLUMN BLANK.”

AND THEN HE STARTED ASKING THE QUESTIONS. 

WILLIAM: WHY ARE YOU UP EARLY?

SOVIK IS ONE OF THE MANY PEOPLE THAT VOTED EARLY THIS MORNING AT NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL. 

WILLIAM: WANT ME TO START ASKING THE QUESTIONS?

MAEVE MULLANEY EVEN CAME ON HER BIRTHDAY.  

MAEVE: “HOW OLD ARE YOU? FOUR. IT’S HER BIRTHDAY.”

DEMOCRATIC POLL WATCHER, SANDRA DAVIS, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EARLY VOTING IN NEW YORK— BUT STILL CAME TO THE POLLS BEFORE 6 A-M TO ENSURE EVERYTHING IS UP AND RUNNING. 

SANDRA DAVIS: “WE REALLY HAVE TO THANK THOSE ELECTION INSPECTORS THAT GIVE UP THEIR FULL DAY AND IT’S A LONG DAY TO 9 O’CLOCK. THINK ABOUT IT. JUST SITTING HERE WAITING FOR PEOPLE, BUT THEY ENJOY IT TOO.”

STAND-UP: BY 7:45, 41 PEOPLE VOTED HERE AT NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL AND ONE PERSON MADE SURE TO CAST HIS VOTE, AND HIS NAME IS ON THE BALLOT. 

TONY: “AND, SO FOR ME, THIS IS DEFINITELY COMPETITIVE AND IT’S NECK AND NECK. I THINK WE HAVE A REAL CLEAN, CLEAR SHOT AT WINNING THIS THING. I’M EXCITED.”

SOVIK HAS SOME ADVICE FOR YOUNGINS LIKE MAEVE.

WILLIAM: PEOPLE JUST REALLY NEED TO BE INVOLVED. PEOPLE HAVE TO LEARN THAT IF YOU DON’T KNOW HISTORY, YOU’RE GOING TO REPEAT IT. 

BUT THE ONLY QUESTION MAEVE IS CONSIDERING IS— IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER THAN VOTING ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?

MAEVE MULLANEY: “UH, UHHH, UHH I DON’T KNOW.”

WELL— AT LEAST SHE GOT A STICKER AND HAS ONLY 14 MORE YEARS UNTIL SHE VOTE HERSELF. . LILIA WOOD, N-C-C NEWS.

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 one of the many people that voted early this morning at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. 

Democratic Poll Watcher, Sandra Davis, took advantage of early voting in New York, but still came to the polls before 6:00 this morning to ensure everything is up and running. 

“We really have to thank those election inspectors that give up their full day and it’s a long day to nine o’clock,” Davis said. “I think about it. just sitting here waiting for people, but they enjoy it too.”

By 7:45 a.m., 41 people voted here at Nottingham High School and Tony Malavenda was one of them. He is running for County Executive in Onondaga County. 

“And, so for me, this is definitely competitive and it’s neck and neck,” Malavenda said. “I think we have a real clean, clear shot at winning this thing. I’m excited.”

Maeve Mullaney even accompanied her dad on her fourth birthday. Sovik has some advice for young ones like Maeve.

“People just really need to be involved,” Sovik said. “People have to learn that if you don’t know history, you’re going to repeat it.”

But, the only question Maeve is considering is if there anything better than voting on her birthday.

“Uh, uhhh, uhh i don’t know,” Maeve said. 

At least she got a sticker and only has 14 more years until she can vote herself.

The polls will be open until 9:00 this evening.