Syracuse residents in Skunk City make voting a family affair

By Cheyenne Lee, MNO 617.1, MNO 617.2

Published on November 8, 2016

Reverend Antwon Chavis, 68, with his granddaughter Giana Chavis ,2, in line at the polls.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. ( Democracy in Action) Mundy Library on 1204 S Geddes St. was bustling this afternoon, as dozens of prospective voters came ready to the polls.

“There were quite a lot of people from 10-12AM, now it’s starting to slow down,” said Branch Manager Carol A. Johnson, but soon found herself corrected, as voters from all across the city made their way into the Mundy Community room—now converted into an official voting booth—at around 3:30PM.

Despite the 80 million Americans expected not to vote, the sentiment was clear that casting a ballot is a must.

Taj Martin, 28, Library Page says the influx of people is not unusual, claiming that this presidential election is of concern of everyone is the community. “It’s been a quick in-out-process, which is good considering how many people are coming in to cast their vote,  ” he said.

Douglas and Walter Dixie, from South Syracuse came to the voting polls, anticipating the large outcome. As a self-proclaimed white collar worker, Douglas Dixie says that voting is a civic duty—a lesson that his father, Walter Dixie, 82, had instilled in him since he was a first-time voter at the age of 18.

“People have died to enable me to vote,” Douglas Dixie said, after admitting his voting decision was not an easy one. “ My father can no longer vote on his own, so I take him like he once took me.”

Reverend Antwon Chavis, 68 founder of the non-profit community organization C.O.A.S.T, says he is continuing his community advocacy work, by taking part in the most fundamental act of civic aid; voting.

Accompanied by his two-year-old granddaughter Giana Chavis, the Reverend says he hopes that taking her to a voting poll might encourage her to vote when she is of age.

Echoing the importance of municipal contribution, mother-daughter duo, Ronika and Sylvia Jones, casted their ballot, although they admitted that it was an unenthusiastic effort.

“I just want the madness to be over,” Ronika Jones, 33, said in reference to the tabloid frenzy surrounding the campaign process. Both women said that they hope that the voters have been swayed towards democratic nominee, Hilary Clinton.

“We’ll all find out soon enough,” 58-year-old Sylvia Jones said. “Just got to wait it out.”