DeWitt Town Hall Site Manager continues coming back to help with Election Day.(c) 2021 Kaitlin Parisi

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Dewitt Town Hall Seeing Slow but Steady Voter Turnout

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ANCHOR: OVER 100 PEOPLE HAVE PLACED THEIR BALLOT AT THE DEWITT TOWN HALL. IT HAS BEEN A SLOW DAY FOR THIS AREA OF THE COUNTY DUE TO THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND EARLY VOTING.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION REPORTER KAITLIN PARISI TELLS US HOW ONE PERSON HAS MADE THE MOST OF ELECTION DAYS.

REPORTER: I AM OUTSIDE THE DEWITT TOWN HALL WHERE THE DEMOGRAPHIC FOR THIS AREA IS IN THEIR 50’S AND 60’S.
THERE HAS BEEN A SLOW INCREASE OF BALLOTS BEING CAST, BUT POLL WORKERS ARE LOOKING AHEAD AND HOPING FOR MORE VOTERS THE REST OF THE DAY.

REPORTER: THE DEWITT TOWN HALL IS A ONE OF THE VOTING SITES FOR THE CITY OF SYRACUSE’S LOCAL ELECTION HAPPENING TODAY.
VOTERS HAVE BEEN WALKING IN AND OUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO CAST THEIR BALLOT.
SITE MANAGER, TIMOTHY BAHIA (ba-HE-ah) HAS BEEN PARTICIPATING IN ELECTION DAY FOR OVER 11 YEARS.
HE SAYS AFTER FINISHING COLLEGE HE DID IT FOR THE MONEY BUT NOW HE HAS A BETTER REASON.

TIMOTHY BAHIA: “Um, I don’t know, I enjoy doing it, between the people I work with as well as, uh…it’s kind of a neat way to participate in democracy.”

REPORTER: SO FAR THE DEWITT TOWN HALL HAS SEEN A LITTLE OVER 100 VOTERS SINCE OPENING.
VOTERS WALK IN, GET THEIR BALLOT AND SIT DOWN TO CAST THEIR VOTE BEHIND A WHITE DIVIDER FOR PRIVACY.
BAHIA SAYS ELECTIONS LIKE THIS DON’T GET TO HAPPEN EVERYWHERE.

TIMOTHY BAHIA: “Not every country is able to do it as freely as we are, so it is kind of exciting, seeing people wanting to participate in the democratic process, regardless of what political party their affiliated with.”

REPORTER: AS VOTERS CONTINUE TO COME IN AND OUT OF THE DEWITT TOWN HALL BAHIA SAYS HE HAS BEEN SEEING MORE OF THE OLDER GENERATION AND WISHES HE WOULD SEE A NEW ONE.

TIMOTHY BAHIA:” The one thing I would like to see in general is more younger people getting involved.”

REPORTER: VOTING WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE IN THE COUNTY UNTIL NINE TONIGHT.
FOR DEMOCRACY IN ACTION I’M KAITLIN PARISI

ANCHOR: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOTE AND ARE REGISTERED, YOU CAN VISIT THE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON A POLLING LOCATION CLOSE TO YOU.

DEWITT, N.Y. – (DiA) – The Dewitt Town Hall is one of over dozens 150 polling places in Onondaga County. The town hall has been seeing a slow, but steady stream of voters since opening its doors. Site manager, Timothy Bahia, says there have been a little over 100 ballots logged as of noon today. He has been working elections for 11 years and loves helping spread awareness about democracy. He feels it is important for younger people to participate and exercise their right to vote. The demographic for this area is in their 50s or 60s, but Bahia wishes more of the younger generation would come out to vote.

“One of the reasons the voter turnout has probably been slow is due to the absentee ballots as well as the early voting,” Bahia said.

Voting will continue until 9 o’clock tonight.

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