Onondaga County Voters Are Given More Accessible Voting Methods
By michael o'connor
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DIA) — Polling stations across Onondaga County have been open since October 29 for voters to cast their ballot in this year’s 2022 election cycle.
Some polling stations are in massive public spaces, while others are tucked away in small, intimate settings like the one at Mundy Branch Library in Syracuse.
James Stever, the site manager at the library’s polling station, has been working elections in Onondaga County for almost 50 years. He says the biggest change during that time has been the simplification and digitization of the voting process.
“When I first started voting, you’d use an operational flip button to pick out candidates,” Stever said. “Once you were satisfied with what you had you’d pull the handle back.”
Uri Krawec is another local resident who’s been showing up to the Mundy Branch Library for decades – only instead of working the ballots, he fills them out. Krawec says while this year was the easiest voting experience he’s had, he hopes to share it with the younger generation.
“I think it’s very important for the younger generation to understand that they have the privilege to vote in this country,” Krawec said. “I hope they don’t take it for granted.”
While voter turnout in the younger generation is a concern, the county is coming off a record-high 77% voter turnout rate during the 2020 election cycle. Stever says the record may have been caused in part by more accessible voting methods.
“People now have the ability to go out earlier to vote at different locations throughout the county,” Stever said.
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The County won’t have publicly available data on this year’s election and voter turnout until after the results come in but voting statistics dating back to 2012 are available on the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.