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Onondaga County Voters Pleased by Early Voting Records

As thousands of people across Onondaga County cast their ballot on Election Day, those who voted in-person at the Marcellus Fire Station voiced their optimism for the abundance of early voting this election. Between early and absentee voting, over 100,000 people in the county have already cast their ballot.

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Democracy in Action 2019

Eli Lesser, 20, Syracuse University student – “Why I Vote”

Eli Lesser, 20, a sophomore at Syracuse University, poses for a picture in a classroom on the fourth floor of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Lesser, from Los Angeles, CA, will be voting for the second time ever this November. “I’m going to go with what I believe what might be the right…

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Democracy in Action 2019

Mia Cherfane, 19, Syracuse University student – “Why I Vote”

Mia Cherfane, 19, from Buffalo, NY, is voting for the first time in the United States after living in Beirut, Lebanon for much of her life. “I want a President who is going to be able to support what I believe in.” Cherfane said. Cherfane is a sophomore at Syracuse University studying Neuroscience. Photos by…

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Democracy in Action 2019

Liam Crowley, 20, Syracuse University student – “Why I Vote”

Liam Crowley, 20, a broadcast journalism student at Syracuse University, is seen working at the audio booth in preparation for CitrusTV’s election special. “It is my civic duty, it is my birthright,” he says when talking about the importance of voting. “I think it’s important that everyone has some sort of role.” Crowley is from…

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Democracy in Action 2019

Nicole Aponte, 19, Syracuse University student – “Why I Vote”

Nicole Aponte, 19, a broadcast journalism student at Syracuse University, is reporting for CitrusTV just hours before CitrusTV’s election special goes on-air for election night. “In the past four years, we’ve seen issues arise that could’ve been prevented. Now I have a say even if it’s just one vote,” she says. Aponte is from Long…

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Iranian-American Highlights Opportunity As His Reason for Voting

At a polling site in East Syracuse, Farzad Sarmast, who was born in Iran but naturalized over a decade later as a U.S. citizen, casted his ballot for the 2020 Presidential Election. He highlighted the privilege to vote in a democracy-based country as a big contributor for his reason to vote. Sarmast spoke on the unfair system in Iran and touched on why he thinks youth in the U.S. are more inclined to vote.

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Experienced Voters Describe 2020 As One Of Most Important Election Years Ever

As voters across Onondaga cast their ballots this Election Day, two experienced voters in Syracuse are stressing the importance of voting in this election. Mike DeAngelo and Mary Wallace, both of Eastwood, have been voting for over 30 years. They both place this year's presidential election towards the top of the list of the most important elections ever.

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The door of the Van Buren Town Hall in Baldwinsville remains open to allow voters inside to cast their ballots.

Baldwinsville Voters Believe the Right to Vote is a Privilege

The Van Buren Town Hall polling site wasn't very busy around 1 o'clock, but according to the site manager the line was out the door earlier in the morning. I was able to catch up with a few Baldwinsville voters about what the right to vote means to them and how important voting is in maintaining the United States of America. Both voters stressed that the right to vote is more than a right, it's a privilege for American citizens.

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Woman walks into Armond Magnarelli Community Center to vote on Election Day.

People of All Ages Make Time To Vote at McChesney Park in Syracuse

People of all ages cast their ballots at Armond Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park in Syracuse. The polls were active at lunch time. An 18-year-old and an 82-year-old both made time to vote, but for different reasons. An at-risk women said she needed to vote on Election Day despite the early and absentee voting.

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Polling station at WCNY TV station in Syracuse.

Low Voter Turnout at Syracuse WCNY Polling Site

It's been a record breaking year for mail-in and absentee ballots as citizens continue to take precaution against the corona virus this election day. Due to this and some unforeseen circumstances, polling sites like WCNY in Syracuse has seen an unusual low number of in-person voter turnout.

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Weather Not Expected to Lower CNY Voter Turnout Today

Syracuse University Political Science Professor Shana Gadarian said there is some evidence rain on Election Day will depress voter turnout. However, according to the National Weather Service, heavy rains are not expected in Central New York Today. Gadarian said since the skies are supposed to be clear, she does not believe the weather will prevent Central New York Voters from casting their ballots today.

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North Syracuse Voters Want Everyone to Experience Democracy

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Central New York voters were faced with some chilly temperatures today as they went to cast their ballots for the next President. Many different people, young and old were at the polls, either voting themselves or teaching the younger generations the importance of being active in our democracy. Debbie Mathewson,…

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COVID-19 Not Deterring DeWitt Voter

DEWITT, N.Y. (NCC News) – Despite unprecedented challenges this election season, many people have felt safe enough to vote in-person so far. Despite the global pandemic and concerns over voting methods, voters have turned out in high numbers. Some people, like Marian Glisson, saw civic responsibility as a main motivator. “I think we all have a…

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The Election Day Experience of a Campaign Worker

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – Today is a big day for everyone in this country, but it’s even more stressful for Strathmore resident Christina Whiteside. She is one of the field organizers for State Senator Rachel May’s re-election campaign. Whiteside was up early this morning, showing up to her polling place at 6 a.m. to hold up…

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Election Day Offers a Chance to Teach Democracy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- Syracuse voters are out at the polls early on Election Day for many reasons. It is a great opportunity to teach the nation’s youth about the importance of voting and American democracy. Syracuse resident Justin Pritchard is taking advantage of the moment to show his son the importance of voting. Pritchard said, “I…

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Voters in Paramus, New Jersey can drop off their absentee ballots at Paramus High School today on Election Day to make sure their vote gets counted. (c) 2020 Talia Gerardi

What Voting in New Jersey Looks Like

Voting in New Jersey had different precautions put in place by the governor to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. This caused first-time voters from Paramus to cast their vote by absentee ballot and trust the postal service would be able to handle everyone's ballot. Two first-time voters from Paramus spoke about their feelings and experience participating in their first-ever election.

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CNY Families Head to the Polls

POMPEY, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, families are still going to the polls together. Pompey resident, Shanatte Alexander brought her 4-year-old daughter Kamira with her to the polls. It turns out the person Kamira was most excited for isn’t even on the ballot. “We’ve been watching the news together, and she loves Obama,” Alexander…

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Solvay Residents Are Waking Up Early To Vote

Central New York residents voting at the Solvay Geddes Youth Center woke up early this morning to cast their vote. These CNY voters were eager to get this weight off their shoulders. Voters believe exercising their rights is one of the most important things an American can do because every vote counts.

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