City of Syracuse

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Every Vote Counts

Written by Brandon Williams, BDJ 664.02

Today is midterm election day and voters around Onondaga and surrounding counties have been at the polls all day. With the current political state in this country, more people have voted early in the 2018 midterm elections. Voters here said casting a ballot is what’s important, not necessarily winning. “You know that you played a part,” […]

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Longtime Eastwood Voters Undeterred By Rain

Written by Marrisa Poe, MNO 617.1, MNO 617.2

The Syracuse rain, does not stop voters from showing up to vote today. In the morning before starting their day locals make their way to Huntington Elementary School to cast their vote. Locals encourage others to do the same.

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Calling for Change at the Polls

Written by Brooke Kato, NEW 305.3

Amongst road signs that read Dana Balter or John Katko for Congress scattered streetside in Syracuse suburbia were people waking up to vote on Nov. 6. On the front steps of one voting location, the North Central Church, a sign said “Vote Here.” Some of the people who arrived at the polling station at 9 […]

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Minority Voters: Present and Future

Written by Ramon Hernandez, BDJ 664.02

Voters of the 13th, 14th and 15th districts came to Nottingham High School Tuesday to cast their votes in the Midterm Elections. Former democratic mayoral candidate, Alfonso Davis, was one such voter. He said that coming to the polls to perform your civic duty is of the upmost importance, especially for minority voters. “I don’t […]

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Syracuse Voters Exercise their Right at North Central Church

Written by Shannon Stubbs

18-year-old Anna Chup just voted for the first time in her life. One of the many voters to show up to the polling station at North Central Church despite the persistent showers and gusting winds, Chup felt it was necessary due to the her worries about global warming and changes in the environment. She says […]

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Voters share the reasons behind their votes

Written by Darianny Abreu, BDJ 464.02

People were rushing by Danforth middle school this morning without letting the rainy weather, halt their efforts to make a change in congress. Danforth is one of the many polling places across the county where people can get the opportunity to vote in the midterm elections. People were stopping by before work to have their […]

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A sign in front of the entrance to the Mundy Branch Library shows voters where to go.

Setting a Positive Example Drives Parents to Polls

Written by Daniel Harty, BDJ 364.03

Marjorie Graham approaches voting with this motto: “Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the progress.” For many Americans, voting is a right that is taken for granted. Some may even look at it as a hassle. In a time where people’s lives cease to pause, having to wake up early or make […]

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CNY Woman Volunteers on Election Day for 10th Year

Written by Brianna Yates, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

It’s Election Day and a rainy day in Central New York, but the rain hasn’t stopped voters from showing up to the polls. But voting can’t take place without volunteers like Cynthia Bishop. It’s the tenth year that Bishop has volunteered on Election Day. Today she’s spending the day at the Spiritual Renewal Center in […]

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The walkway to go vote.

Poll Site Manager Sees Steady Voter Turnout

Written by Marcus Gronauer, BDJ 364.03

Polling Site Manager Steve Plank says voter turnout at Elmcrest Children’s Center has been steady throughout the day. Over 300 people voted in the first seven hours of open polling.

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Young Voters Ready to Have an Impact

Written by Ryan Tabb

As the 2018 Midterms got underway, young voters were showing out in numbers at WCNY on Fayette Street in Syracuse, NY today. The message from them was clear – they wanted to see their voices heard and they wanted to see change in their local government. For many, this was about bridging the gap between […]

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Dziko Boyd is signing in to vote in the election

The Importance of a Vote

Written by Jacob Kronberg, BDJ 364.03

With the midterm elections taking place today, citizens of Onondaga County are making their way to various polling stations to cast their votes. “Onondaga County is a really good district because we have a lot of polling places,” said Patti Herrman, who has worked as a Voting System Specialist at polling stations in Cicero, Baldwinsville […]

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The WCNY TV polling station may not be as accessible as it claims to be

Written by Morgan Glicksman, BDJ 364.04

  Story Script: GLICKSMAN DEMOCRACY IN ACTION The polls are open today for the 2018 midterm election, but some polling locations may not be accessible enough to some voters. There are more than 35 million eligible voters in the U.S. Approximately, one out of every six voters has a disability. The WCNY TV polling location […]

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Local Minority Female Votes for First Time

Written by Michael Mulford, BDJ 464.02

Syracuse voters flocked to the Hazard Branch Library on November 6th to vote in the midterm elections. Maralicia Newton is a 19-year-old Onondaga Community College student who voted for the first time at the library.

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Voters in Syracuse’s Southside Encourage Everyone to Vote

Written by Meghan O'Brien, BDJ 464.02

Rain and wind couldn’t keep voters away from the polls today. Crowds of people whipped out their rain coats and umbrellas to vote in what one voter said is the most important midterm election since the Vietnam War. “This may be the most important election of my life and I think it is for a […]

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Voters at Erwin First United Methodist Church

Motivated Voters Brave the Rain to Vote in Westcott

Written by Erin Lyons, BDJ 364.03

  Syracuse, N.Y.- It was pouring rain outside the Erwin First United Methodist Church in Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood, but voters of every age still braved the rain and cast their vote at the polling station. Near the polling station’s entrance, some voters on their way out stopped by a bake sale hosted by a church group, […]

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Student Looks to Continue Tradition After First Midterm Election

Written by Quentin Lehn, BDJ 311.01

Ryan Desko, a sophomore at Syracuse University, was able to cast his ballot for the first time in the Midterm elections at Fairmount Free Methodist Church, right across from where he went to Elementary School. With this being his second time voting, he felt much more comfortable in his surroundings. He says, “the first time […]

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Voting booth at Petit Library.

Syracuse Voter Uses Social Media to Encourage Neighbors to Vote

Written by Elizabeth Robinson, NEW 305.3

At Petit Library, people were lined up out the door, patiently waiting in the downpour of rain, to cast their vote. Citizen after citizen exited the secluded ballots sporting a blue and red sticker that reads, “I VOTED.” The Syracuse community is exercising their rights to vote.

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Blue and white voting booths are set up in a hallway. Double doors lead to tables of ballots and scanning machines.

Making Voting a Family Tradition

Written by Ally Heath, BDJ 464.02

Faith Heritage School was nearly empty at 7:30 a.m. on election day last year. This morning, there were lines to both pick up a ballot and to cast it on the electronic machines. Among those casting ballots were families looking to carry on a long-standing tradition.

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Why Central New York Citizens Are Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Written by Natalie Fahmy, BDJ 364.01

Voters in Central New York are coming out to the polls to be a voice in the 2018 midterm elections. One polling place people are going to vote this year is Tecumseh Elementary School, where people are voting for various reasons. One CNY citizen, Sharron Royce, said voting in the midterm elections is especially important […]

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The sign directing voters to head to the cafeteria inside the front door of Nottingham High School on East Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York.

Passionate Syracuse Voters Are Happy to Arrive Before Dawn

Written by Thomas Russo, BDJ 211.02

The sun may rise at 6:45 a.m. but the polls in Onondaga County open at 6:00 a.m. Despite the early hours, there are still many voters who come to the polls even before the doors open. These voters who arrive at Nottingham High School before anyone else are among the most passionate voters in the county. These are their stories.

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Some Central New Yorkers Believe a Photo ID Should be Required to Vote

Written by Daniel Hatchett, BDJ 364.01

Requiring photo identification in order to vote has been a hot button issue across the nation for years and some Central New York voters would like to see that requirement here. Requiring a photo ID at the polls is on the ballot in several states across the nation today. It isn’t on the ballot in […]

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Church Bake Sale Raising Money on Election Day: It’s a Mission

Written by Daniel Loftus, BDJ 364.01

Sweet treats greet voters in Syracuse. At the Erwin First United Methodist Church polling place in Syracuse, the United Methodist Women’s group is holding a bake sale all day for voters passing by. Women from the group are running the stand all day as long as the baked goods last. The group is raising money […]

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Early Southside Voters Look for Change

Written by Christopher Lauck, BDJ 364.01

Earlier this morning, some voters at Danforth Magnet Elementary school on the south side of Syracuse, came out to the polls in hope of making a difference. Since the new administration in the White House was elected in 2016, some people are looking to turn Congress in the other direction. While some people voted to […]

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