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Youth Voters have Increased Turnout in Local Election

Chris Seubert, 20, is one of many young voters who decided to cast their ballot and make their voices heard in this year's local elections. With the 18-24 year old age demographic representing lower numbers in recent historical elections, Seubert says it's important to get out there and try to create change.

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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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Longtime Poll Worker Celebrates 14 Years Volunteering

Hundreds of people volunteer to work at the pools each year, but not all continue to volunteer year after year. Victor Sawenko began working at the polls in the 2008 presidential election, and has never stopped. He enjoys the activity, and it gives him something to do and look forward to each November.

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Dad in plaid shirt walking with young daughter and son through a door in to the polling place.

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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Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church, one of the many polling sites across Onondaga County.

Voters Look To Make Change In Socio-Economic Inequality

Today is election day in New York and citizens from all different backgrounds are casting their votes. Many had great experiences and were eager to exercise their constitutional rights through voting and effecting change in their desired areas. Common fields of interest include socio-economic inequality and the mayoral election. A few voters expressed their concern with the back side of ballots as there was little information or context regarding certain polls. Polling centers officially close at nine tonight though results likely will not be final for at least a day.

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Manlius polling site

Political Engagement on the Rise in Manlius

Manlius resident Dennis Fernando would agree with the famous saying that “all politics is local.” “Everything starts locally,” said Fernando, who voted Tuesday evening at the Manlius Village Centre polling site. “Change has to start from there in order for us to kind of move forward with bigger issues at hand.” Fernando campaigned for Katelyn…

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"I voted" sticker for after you place your ballot.

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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WCNY Polling Site

Women’s Right to Vote Reflection

Syracuse, N.Y. (DiA) – Election Day is giving many voters a chance to cast their ballots and have a voice. Although women didn’t always have the voice they have today. Suzanne Cucola, a poll site manager at the WCNY voting center, believes women should be voting, even though this is a smaller election. The fight for…

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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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Workers near tents waiting for cars to stop for their meals.

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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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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Polling Place

Longtime Voter Has A Message For Hesitant People

DEWITT, N.Y. (DiA)- The polls are open in Central New York today, and voters are making their way over to booths to cast their votes. Many critical races are happening on this year’s ballots; the biggest one is the Syracuse mayoral race. Local and state elections typically end up with lower voter turnout. However, Donna Miller,…

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North Syracuse Central School District Office

Central New Yorkers Appear Comfortable Voting In-Person

It's Election Day and people are making their way back to the polls in typical fashion. Last year, many voters were deterred from voting in-person due to the pandemic. However, this year, it appears as though things are getting back to normal.

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Inside of the Onondaga Town Hall polling place. Voting booths in center and map of Onondaga voting districts on wall on the left.

Democracy in Actions Trains Next Generation of Journalists

Throughout Onondaga County today, students from the Newhouse School are training to become the next generation of political journalists. According to Professor Charlie Miller, exercising First Amendment rights to a free press are just as important as the civic duty to vote, and Democracy in Action coverage is a vital learning experience for students.

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Solvay Poll Workers Go the Extra Mile for Democracy

While voters only spend a few minutes casting their ballots on Election Day, poll workers at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center are hard at work all day long. Poll inspector Patricia Blanchard and front desk worker Carl Libertone have served on Election Day for decades. Both individuals feel it is their civic duty to do these jobs and encourage Central New Yorkers to get out and vote on local issues.

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A "vote here" sign in the parking lot at the Reformed Church of Syracuse

Polling Station Workers Remain Optimistic Despite Slow Start to the Morning

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) — The polling site at the Reformed Church of Syracuse opened at 6 A.M. Polling site manager Jeff Unaitis says the turnout has not been overwhelming. “We’ve been consistently steady, but it is not the turnout you would see in a Congressional or Presidential race,” he said. Unaitis recalled a time last year,…

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Democracy in Action 2019

North Syracuse Central Schools polling site gets above average voter turnout

SYRACUSE N.Y.— The North Syracuse Central School District building has seen a tremendous increase in voters compared to previous years, since the polls opened today at 6 a.m. A total of 247 people voted in first 4 hours since the poll opened.  The ambiance became busier as more voters entered through the doors, and polling manager…

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Democracy in Action 2019

Early Voting Might Lead to a Slow Election Day

Syracuse, NY (DiA) – Kate Saufley, a poll worker at People’s Equal Action and Community Effort on Basset Street, is excited to work the polls today but does not think it will be busy due to early voting. Saufley, who is in her second year of poll working, felt that it was her civic duty to…

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