ONONDAGA, N.Y. (DiA) – Inside polling places across Onondaga County, citizens of all ages are exercising their right to vote.
For some voters like Charlie Miller, exercising this right is a longstanding tradition, no matter the stakes of the election.
“No election is meaningless, even one like this where everyone is unopposed. I vote in every election, regardless, no matter what,” he said. “Always have since I was 18 years old.”
Miller is a journalism professor in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is thus no stranger to the Democracy in Action coverage that students are participating in today throughout the county.
“This is very important,” he said. “I have a couple students who are White House correspondents, and they all got their starts doing what you’re doing right now.”
According to Miller, a journalist himself, exercising First Amendment rights to a free press are just as important as the civic duty to vote.
“Voting is my civic duty, just like it’s our duty to report and write the news,” he said.
Miller added that he hopes his underclassmen journalists can learn from the more senior Newhouse students.
“My students now will eventually cover it down the road and they’ll get the midterms next year which is a bigger election,” he said. “For you guys, this is just so important. For practice and for being the next generation of political journalists.”