2019 Elections

Onondaga County Residents Show up at the Polls

By D'Andre Henderson, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 6, 2019

Democracy in Action November 5th, 2019 Video produced by (c) 2019 D'Andre Henderson.

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Courtney Smith: I was only in there for five minutes”)

D’Andre Henderson: Voters say the process to cast their ballot is a lot quicker than previous years. In Onondaga County key races on the ballot included Onondaga County executive, district attorney and all 17 Onondaga County legislature seats. One Syracuse resident says its was a process in choosing the right candidate.

Rico Bruner : I went by what was marketed a little bit in the media, a little bit and research a little bit and what I felt were more important subjects than others.

D’Andre Henderson: Poll workers tell me they expect about 300 people to come out and cast their votes.

D’Andre Henderson: 2019 was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County ,over eight thousand people took advantage of the nine-day early voting period. However, one north Syracuse woman decided she would rather come in to cast her vote on Election Day instead of using the new alternative.

Courtney Smith: I did know and I just knew that I could stop down the street from my house on Election Day and it was more familiar for me to do it this way.

D’Andre Henderson: and Brunner agrees

Rico Bruner: I’ve been voting for a couple years now uh so I just went with I’m most comfortable with.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections.

Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said  she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s use to doing it the traditional way.

“I just knew that I could stop down the street from my house on Election Day and it was more familiar for me to do it this way,” Smith said.

Smith, who moved to Syracuse two years ago from Baldwinsville, also said she noticed the the sign in process was different –  she said she was in and out a lot quicker than she was in previous years.

“It was easy, I was only in there for five minutes,” Smith said.

Onondaga County’s voter turnout is higher this year compared to recent similar elections. Poll workers at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Teal Avenue said about 100 people cast their ballots by 3:00 p.m. with the hopes about 300 people would have cast their ballot by time the polls closed at 9:00 p.m.

Onondaga County executive, district attorney and county comptroller are all up for grabs. With each candidate having different viewpoints and platforms to reach voters, Rico Bruner, also an Onondaga County resident, said it’s a process for him to figure out who he’s casting his vote for.

“I went by what was marketed… in the media… and research…and what I felt were most important subjects than others,” Bruner said.