Chile Native to Syracuse Resident Votes

By Casey Buscher, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 7, 2018

Election Day in Central New York Video produced by Casey Buscher.

Early this morning, Central New York residents came in and out of the front doors of the Solvay Geddes Community Youth Center.While some identified as members of the Democratic Party and others Republican, all were proud to exercise their right as American citizens to vote.

One individual that took especial pride was Antonio Labbe, Assistant Manager of the Salvation Army, here in Syracuse. Recently gaining American Citizenship, he shared his enthusiasm saying, “I came here because I was excited to vote for the first time. I woke up today and I wanted to get here as soon as possible to come and vote.”

Originally from Chile, Labbe has lived in Syracuse for the past seven years and has looked forward to casting his vote for some time, especially after waiting for many years to have the right to do so.

He went to add, “I could do basically everything a citizen could do, but vote. So then I decided to gain my citizenship, allowing me to vote and see that I can have a voice.”

Antonio Labbe was one of many Syracuse voters who took to the polls today to cast their vote and make their voice heard.

Polling stations are available all around Central New York today for residents to vote.

Voting ends at 8 p.m EST tonight.