Yearly Tradition: Father Brings Son to Voting Polls

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) – Election Day in Onondaga County had many local positions up for grab this year. For one frequent voter, he believes voting every year is important for him and his son. Onondaga County resident Francis Zaryski has been living in the area for about 20 years and has voted every year since he…

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Election Sees Jump in Voter Turnout

In what is considered an "off-year" for voting, the polls are seeing more action then in five years. Reporter Lucas Vogel speaks with a local poll worker about why that is, and why it's good for our democracy.

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Families take to the polls on Election Day 2021

While young kids cannot vote in the 2021 elections, parents still choose to bring their children along to the polls. For two fathers, Kwame Fluker and Daniel Dingel, going to vote alongside their sons has become a family tradition. And while Fluker looks forward to the day his son Anderson can vote, Dingel shared that experience today with his college-age son Andrew.

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Dewitt Town Hall Seeing Slow but Steady Voter Turnout

DEWITT, N.Y. – (DiA) – The Dewitt Town Hall is one of over dozens 150 polling places in Onondaga County. The town hall has been seeing a slow, but steady stream of voters since opening its doors. Site manager, Timothy Bahia, says there have been a little over 100 ballots logged as of noon today. He…

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Syracuse Residents Voting In Person

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) — Turnout is expected to be lower this year because it’s not a presidential or gubernatorial election year. One of the biggest items on the ballot is the City of Syracuse mayor. This afternoon at the Syracuse University Huntington Hall located on Marshall Street the lines were short. The education center at Syracuse…

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Van Buren Residents Still Make Their Way To The Polls

Van Buren, N.Y (DiA) – Election day 2021 has come to the town of Van Buren. You wouldn’t know it was election day at the Town of Van Buren Municipal Office, as traffic was almost like a regular day. There were 217 people that came through in the first seven hours according to polling site manager…

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Polling Sites Throughout Cicero Nearly Empty On Election Day

CICERO, N.Y. (DiA) – Voters across Cicero are masking up and checking boxes as local elections continue throughout the day. Unlike the record breaking turnout in 2020, both of the town’s polling places were nearly empty with many booths unused. This is likely due to this year not having a presidential or gubernatorial race on…

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Syracuse Church Holds 72nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Election Day

Our Lady of Pompei Church in Syracuse, New York is running their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser today on election day. For the second straight year, indoor dining is off limits, but curbside pickup and outdoor dining are options that customers can use. Election candidates will stop by to talk to the crowd and have themselves a stress-free moment away from all the election day issues. Many of the church staff, including Rev. Daniel Caruso, believe that this event can bridge the gap of anyone's differences on an election day that can bring about tension and stress. The staff has worked overtime to make sure they have enough meals to feed the local community and to make sure this 72nd annual event is the best one yet.

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Voters Looking to Inspire Change

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) – Voters braved through cold temperatures in the 40’s and strong winds to come vote at the Armond Magnarelli Community Center in northern Syracuse. It’s a local election year but people still came out looking to inspire change with their votes. (It’s) helping the country go along the way you want it to…

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Older residents cast votes before dawn, hope younger voters follow suit

Voters slowly but surely made their way into Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church in Dewitt this morning as polls for Onondaga County's 2021 local elections first opened. Residents, many of them older community members, expressed a deep commitment to showing up for local elections in the long times that they have lived in Onondaga County.

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Senior Citizens Emphasize the Importance of Young Voters

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) – Election day in Elmwood Elementary School started attracting more voters around the early afternoon. Gregory Goff has been the polling site manager for over 3 years now and he says local elections actually have more importance to people than other elections. “Our local election is your most important election that you…

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Early morning voters motives at the polling places

The Pebble Hill Presbyterian  Church polling site welcomed a couple of first time voters on this election day. John Prince, a local to DeWitt, was literally first and even made it before the sun did. As for another local, Tommy Wildhack, it was his first time voting ever. The location made it very convenient for him because in the five minutes he had before high school, he was able to cross the street and vote.

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