2019 Elections

The youth can change the future

By Julia Anna Mahl, BDJ 364.03

Published on November 5, 2019
Woman entering Transfiguration Church

Woman entering polling place (c) 2019 Julia Mahl

Voter David explains to NCC reporter Julia Mahl why he took his niece with him to the polling place.

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REPORTER:
IT’S A RAINY FALL DAY IN SYRACUSE.
FORTUNATELY, THE WEATHER DOESN’T SCARE OFF THE VOTERS WHO WENT TO THE EASTWOOD TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH AND CAST THEIR BALLOT.

AMONG THEM IS DAVID, A SYRACUSE MAN WHO CAME TO VOTE FOR THE LOCAL ELECTIONS IN 2019.
WITH HIM ARE HIS MOTHER AND HIS 10-YEAR-OLD NIECE.
BUT WHY DID HE BRING A LITTLE GIRL TO THE POLLING PLACE?

DAVID:
“I couldn’t leave her home alone. I want her also to see the voting process itself.”

REPORTER:
DAVID KNOWS THAT IT’S STIL A LONG TIME TO GO UNTIL HIS NIECE WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE BY HERSELF.
NEVERTHELESS, HE WANTS TO SHOW HER WHAT’S GOING AND EXPLAIN IT TO HER EASILY.

DAVID:
“I told her that we are voting for different people to represent us for the state. And that’s about all I told her because she wouldn’t understand more than that.”

REPORTER:
BUT IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT HOW THE PROCESS WORKS.
HIS NIECE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE REASONS AND WHY ELECTION DAY SHOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY.

DAVID:
“Pass on information and to help her learn what her rights are– to vote and help to keep the state running.”

REPORTER:
THE YOUNG GENERATION IS THE ONE WHO WILL BE ABLE CHANGE THE FUTURE.
THAT’S WHY DAVID STARTS NOW TO PREPARE HIS NIECE FOR THE DAY, SHE’LL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE.
JULIA MAHL, N-C-C NEWS