City of Syracuse

Syracuse Voters Are Loyal and Learning

By Michael Drew, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 9, 2016

In Syracuse, many people vote because it's their civic duty, but others make coming to the polls a family affair. Video produced by (c) 2016 Mike Drew.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Voting on Election Day is one of the civic duties of every American citizen. As such, some people try to expose their children to the process early so that they will someday become regular voters.

At the Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse, Miranda McCormack brought her ten-year-old daughter Tracy to the polls to watch her vote. This is the second presidential election Tracy has watched her mother cast her ballot.

Miranda thinks Tracy can learn a lot from watching the process.

“She gets to see the importance of it, see who’s running. And she knows who the candidates are because she’s been paying attention with me,” McCormack said. “And she gets to see what the ballot looks like.”

McCormack made it clear that both she and Tracy are passionate Hillary Clinton supporters. Tracy said that as a young girl, she has been inspired watching Clinton run her campaign.

“Girls might be afraid to run for president,” she said. “So now that there’s a girl on the ballot, girls don’t have to be afraid.”

Loyal voter John Driscoll left the polling place happy that he was able to cast his ballot in another election cycle.

“It is, I believe, everyone’s civic duty, and you probably know that in some countries, it’s mandatory,” he said. “And I wouldn’t be a bit averse to having that happen here.”

Some of the countries Driscoll is alluding to are:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil

When asked about kids like Tracy watching their parents vote, Driscoll said he was all for it.

“If they see their parents doing the right thing, things that they should do, things that are right for the community, they will grow up that way too.” he said.

Polling official Chet (no last name given) declined a formal interview. However, he did say that as of 6 p.m., just over 500 people had voted at Elmcrest.

With polls closing at 9 p.m. in New York, the polling staff expected more people to show up and vote after standard work-day hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) passed.

A sample ballot posted on the wall of Elmcrest Children's Center in Syracuse. This gave voters a preview of exactly what they'd be filling out. (c) 2016 Mike Drew


A look at the voting instructions, designed to help people fill out their ballots, posted on the wall of the gymnasium at Elmcrest Children's Center in Syracuse. (c) 2016 Mike Drew