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Tully Keeps Voting Simple

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NCC News Reporter Jared Johnston scoped out Tully, New York to figure out how the small town has an impact on a large city's mayoral election. Syracuse’s population is 150 times the size of Tully, a township with less 1,000 people in its area. Regardless, citizens want to contribute to the Syracuse political landscape.

Jared Johnston:

In the city of Syracuse, voting in the mayoral election may be more of a calculated effort. 20 minutes south of the city center in Tully, it’s a lot simpler. Senior retiree Thomas Hackett says playing his part in public service has become routine…

Thomas Hackett:

“I vote every year, it’s my civic right. It’s not just my duty, I’m looking for the right candidate for the job. They’ve got to take care of us, me and you *laughs*.”

Jared Johnston:

Syracuse’s population is 150 times the size of Tully, a township with less 1,000 people in its area. For Union worker Dave Kortright, building a future for 951 Tully citizens is just as important as focusing on 142 thousand in Syracuse…

Dave Kortright:

“Doing my due diligence as an American citizen. Just everybody’s way of life, better.”

Jared Johnston

Polls close at 9 PM for the Syracuse mayoral race, and here in Tully plenty are still filing in to vote for the greater good. Reporting from the Tully Municipal Building in Tully, New York, Jared Johnston, NCC News.

TULLY, N.Y. (DiA) – In the city of Syracuse, voting in the mayoral election may be more of a calculated effort. 20 minutes south of the city center in Tully, it’s a lot simpler.

A government building in Tully used for the election.

Tully Municipal Building, the site of voting for Tully residents.

Many residents offered similar responses as to why they vote, not necessarily on policy, but more so as an obligation and a privilege. Thomas Hackett, senior retiree and Tully resident, says playing his part in public service has become routine.

“I vote every year, it’s my civic right,” Hackett said. “It’s not just my duty, I’m looking for the right candidate for the job. They’ve got to take care of us, me and you.”

A sign directs voters towards a building with a red arrow.

A sign at the Tully Municipal Building encourages voters.

Syracuse’s population is 150 times the size of Tully, a township with less 1,000 people in its area. For Dave Kortright, union worker and Tully resident, building a future for 951 Tully citizens is just as important as focusing on 142,000 in Syracuse.

“Doing my due diligence as an American citizen,” Kortright said. “Just everybody’s way of life, better.”

A Tully sample ballot printed and displayed for in a public common area.

A sample ballot that residents like Hackett and Kortright filled out to record their vote.

Polls close at 9 p.m. for the Syracuse mayoral race, and here in Tully plenty are still filing in to vote for the greater good.

It’s been communicated by many that controversial issues aren’t a problem in the town, residents just want to contribute to electing a representative who serves their constituents.

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