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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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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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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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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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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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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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