2019 Elections

Syracuse Residents Influence Young Children to Vote

By Amanda Albert, BDJ 464.02

Published on November 5, 2019

Families vote together at North Syracuse Central Schools. Video produced by Amanda Albert.

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ALBERT: At the North Syracuse Central School building, the first Tuesday in November is about more than just voting. For local families, Election Day is used to teach children the importance of having a voice.

ALBERT: Mackenzie Hafner (HAYF-ner) teaches her kids to support the community.

HAFNER: It’s community and for support and I want to show the kids that it’s important to support where we live.

ALBERT: Hafner (HAYF-ner) is hopeful that when her kids are old enough to vote, they will remember accompanying her to the polls.

HAFNER: It’s important and the kids, when they turn 18 they’ll remember coming here and they’ll know to take the time out to come and vote themselves.

ALBERT: Are you going to come vote when you’re 18?

HAFNER’S DAUGHTER: I guess.

ALBERT: 93-year-old Lyle Ackerman hopes to inspire future generations of voters including his six-year-old great granddaughter.

ACKERMAN: Especially the younger one. I want her to learn how to do it.

ALBERT: Ackerman believes that his great granddaughter will follow in his footsteps.

ACKERMAN: You’re going to vote when you’re older. (Great granddaughter nods).

ALBERT: Kathy Symer (SEYE-mer) is disappointed that some of her kids do not vote.

SYMER: My kids vote. I have a daughter and a son that don’t vote though and I wish they would.

ALBERT: For N-C-C News, I’m Amanda Albert.

North Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Voters have been flooding the polls all day to cast their votes in the 2019 Election. At the North Syracuse Central School building in North Syracuse, many voters are accompanied by young children. Parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents hope that bringing kids to the polls will influence them to vote in the future.

Mackenzie Hafner brought her daughter and son to the polls with her before dropping them off at school this morning. She said it is important to teach her children how to support the community. “I want to show the kids that it’s important to support where we live,” Hafner said.

“It’s important and the kids, when they turn 18 they’ll remember coming here and they’ll know to take the time out to come and vote themselves,” Hafner added.

When 93-year-old Lyle Ackerman cast his vote this morning, he was joined by his 6-year-old great granddaughter. “I want her to learn how to do it,” Ackerman said.

Kathy Symer was alone when she voted today, but knows some of her children are voting and some are not. “My kids vote. I have a daughter and a son that don’t vote though and I wish they would,” Symer said.

Hafner and Ackerman were two of many voters in North Syracuse that had little helpers with them today.