City of Syracuse

Voters in Syracuse’s Southside Encourage Everyone to Vote

By Meghan O'Brien, BDJ 464.02

Published on November 6, 2018

Voters at Elmwood Elementary School share Opinions Video produced by (c) 2018 Meghan O'Brien.

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Reporter Meghan O’Brien: Rain and wind couldn’t keep voters away from the polls today. Crowds of people whipped out their rain coats and umbrellas to vote in what one voter said is the most important Midterm election since the Vietnam War.

Voter Larry Stern: This may be the most important election of my life and I think it is for a lot of Americans. I say that because I see this country more divided than it’s been since the mid to late 60s when Vietnam was going on and when cities were on fire, literally, Harlem Watts, etcetera. So there was a lot of divisiveness and the country was very polarized then, but I think it’s even more so now. So I urge everyone, everybody, millennials across the board to get out and vote.

O’Brien: I am currently standing outside of Elmwood Elementary School, one of two polling places in the twelfth ward of Syracuse. Currently, over 230 people have voted at this polling place and it is 10:30am. Polls will be open until 9:00pm this evening. People of all ages were at Elmwood today, including one voter’s young son who is learning the ropes.

Voter Samantha Whatley: I’m a stay at home mom so he’s with me all the time, but I also just want him to feel like voting is a regular thing that people are supposed to do. So I want him to just kind of get used to the experience of voting.

O’Brien: She added that she is a registered Democrat and chose to vote for Dana Balter.

Whatley: I just feel like she’s pretty progressive and I feel like that’s kind of something that I’m aligned with so I feel like I agree with her stances.

O’Brien: There is still time to go out today and vote. You can find your polling place, cast your vote, and have your opinion heard.

In Syracuse, NY, I’m Meghan O’Brien, NCC News.

 

Rain and wind couldn’t keep voters away from the polls today. Crowds of people whipped out their rain coats and umbrellas to vote in what one voter said is the most important midterm election since the Vietnam War.

“This may be the most important election of my life and I think it is for a lot of Americans. I say that because I see this country more divided than it’s been since the mid to late 60s when Vietnam was going on and when cities were on fire, literally,” voter Larry Stern said. “There was a lot of divisiveness and the country was very polarized then, but I think it’s even more so now. So I urge everyone, everybody, millennials across the board to get out and vote.”

Stern is 65 years old and has voted in every election since the age of 18.

He voted at Elmwood Elementary School, one of two polling places in the 12th ward of Syracuse. As of 10:30 a.m., over 230 people had voted at this polling place, including Samantha Whatley, a mother who brought her young son Nolan along.

“I also just want him to feel like voting is a regular thing that people are supposed to do. So I want him to just kind of get used to the experience of voting,” Whatley said.

She added that she is a registered Democrat and chose to vote for Dana Balter. “I just feel like she’s pretty progressive and I feel like that’s kind of something that I’m aligned with so I feel like I agree with her stances,” she said.

There is still time to go out today and vote. You can find your polling place, cast your vote, and have your opinion heard until 9:00 p.m.