Tag: Election Day

Election Day 2019

Onondaga County Residents Show up at the Polls

Written by D'Andre Henderson, BDJ 664.02

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This was the first year voters in New York had the option to vote early. In Onondaga County, 8,462 people choose this new alternative during the nine-day early voting period, according to the Board of Elections. Courtney Smith, an Onondaga County resident, said  she didn’t take advantage of the new option because she’s […]

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White cardboard with "Vote"

Close Proximity of Polling Stations in Minoa Confuse Some Voters

Written by Nick Ursini, BDJ 664.02

In the Village of Minoa, there were two polling stations with two minutes of each other. The Municipal Building and Saint Mary’s Parish welcomed a larger number of voters than poll workers anticipated. With the close proximity to one another, some voters were confused on which building they should go to cast their ballots.

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Young voters take to the polls today to cast their vote

Written by Alex Peebles, BDJ 664.02

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The first Tuesday after the first Monday of November marks Election Day across the country. Even though this year’s elections are for local government it is still a day where people can be heard and uphold their rights as United States citizens. A polling station at the LaFayette Fire Department […]

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Democracy in Action, The Story of One Poll Volunteer

Written by Joe Trently, BDJ 664.02

Election Day has arrived in Onondaga County. However, voters aren’t the only highlights of this day. Volunteers work around the clock in order to make this day run. Find out about one man, who has been doing this for 19 years.

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The Workers of the Nancy Cantor Warehouse Polling Site

Written by Alexander Eisman

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The task of working at a polling site may not be the most glamorous job, but it is essential to the electoral process. Eddie Bell, a poll worker at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse on Election Day, says that being at the polls has been a part of his life for […]

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Food from the Spaghetti Supper

Our Lady of Pompei hosts its 70th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper

Written by Kathleen Lane, BDJ 364.03

Politicians and community members gather at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse on Election Day. They are leaving politics behind and sharing a meal together. Parents bring in young children before or after heading to the polls to cast a vote. Onondaga County residents say it is important to set an example for children and show them the importance of voting. Community members can stop by the Cathedral Academy at Pompei school in Syracuse from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 5th for the Spaghetti Supper.

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Sign that says "Election Day Polling Place" on door.

Negative Ads Create Negative Results

Written by Tyler Carr, BDJ 311.01

With the County Executive position up for vote, Democratic Tony Malavenda has been questioning if Republican incumbent Ryan McMahon is fit for office in his campaign ads. On Election Day, some voters suggest that the negative ads are producing negative results for Malavenda.

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Polling station at WCNY TV station in Syracuse.

Central New York Voters Frustrated With Current Political Climate

Written by Bryan Hudnell, BDJ 311.01

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The emotional fallout of the 2016 Presidential Election is still on the minds of central New York voters as they head to the polls for today’s Election Day. A portion of Central New York voters is dissatisfied with the current political climate under President Donald Trump. For voters like Helen Dewey, a […]

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Faith Heritage School Polling Place

Syracuse Poll Worker is no Rookie to Election Day

Written by Chiann Nobrega, BDJ 664.02

Elsie Singletary is a local election inspector who has been working at polling places for 15 years. She believes that voting is important because people are able to share their voice and express their human rights. Singletary comes back every year not only to assists with voters, but also because it is a way for her to meet people in the community.

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Skaneateles Resident Runs as Write-In Candidate for County Legislator

Written by Moriah Humiston, BDJ 311.01

Skaneateles Resident Zack Ford is running as a last minute write-in candidate for Onondaga County legislator. Ford wants to help protect Skaneateles Lake and Onondaga County’s environment overall, and has been walking nearly six miles everyday campaigning for himself to be elected.

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The Importance of Election Day

Written by Alexandra Bovarnick

Click here to find out more about why election is important for many.  Audio Transcript:Bovarnick – DIA Script  Election day is an important day for many Americans, and this year’s midterm election is no exception. This year’s voters said they are extremely motivated to cast their ballot. Some voters said they believe they have the […]

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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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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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Voters cast their ballots.

Early Bird Voters Show Concern About Millennial Turnout

Written by Dominick Muccilo, BDJ 664.02

Early bird voters at Nottingham High School expressed their concerns over the millennial vote and how that could play a factor for this election and future elections. Numbers are down across the board for millennial voting and the hope is that they will increase this year.

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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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Baked goods on a table at a polling station

Sweet Treats at Central New York Polling Station

Written by Mateo Estling, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

Election day is one of the most important days of the year for some citizens, and many find it their civic duty to vote. But, that does not mean a little bit of fun can’t also be found at your local polling station. For voters at the Pompey Hill Fire Department in Central New York, […]

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Two women sitting one woman standing next to a table with baked goods

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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Voters Say It’s Time For A Change

Written by Ashley Burroughs, BDJ 664.02

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Fayetteville Free Library is one of the many locations where people were casting their vote for the next mayor. Today is also the 100th Anniversary of Women’s suffrage. Women voters reflected on the importance of voting and making sure their voices continue to be heard. “Matilda Joclyn Gage’s house […]

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Supporters Celebrate Walsh’s Victory

Written by Jefferson Fenner, BDJ 311.03, BDJ 364.03

Independent candidate Ben Walsh has won the election to become the 54th Mayor of Syracuse. On Tuesday, his supporters filled in the Marriott Downtown Syracuse to watch the numbers and listen to the future head of the city government. Walsh addressed the crowd thanking supporters and celebrated the victory.

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A Baking Sale Tradition on Election Day

Written by Rafael Tavares Dantas De Freitas, BDJ 664.02

By Rafael Freitas, POMPEY, N.Y (Democracy in Action) –  For the past 44 years, The Pompey Hill Fire Department Academy has been doing more than hosting voters on election day. They’ve been helping kids to go to school through a baking sale. Pumpkin pies, apple pies, mix berries pies, all different kind of breads and […]

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North Syracuse Schools Closed for Election Day; Parents Bring Children to Polling Stations

Written by Olivia Johnson, BDJ 364.03

Schools in the Central New York area that are being used as voting stations for today’s elections are shut down, allowing many parents to bring their children along for the process. The parents who brought their children to the North Syracuse Central School District Voting location seemed to be in agreement that while it may be hard for children to understand specific details of elections, it is important for members of the younger generation to at least understand the importance of voting.

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Mother Shows Her Son The Importance of Voting

Written by Brittany Ehrlich, BDJ 464.02

DEWITT, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Kellie Ellis brought her son to the Jewish Community Center today to show him how he has a voice in this country. Ellis is a mother of four and tries to vote every year on election day, especially now that she is a mother. “Our voices can make a […]

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Low Turnout at Huntington Hall Highlights Poor Student Voter Turnout

Written by Nicholas Kuzma, BDJ 364.03

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- The Election Day turnout left much to be desired at Syracuse University’s Huntington Hall. Of the about 1,800 people who were registered to vote at the polling place, only a little over 20 people had voted by noon. Huntington Hall is the polling place for those who live in Syracuse’s […]

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Voters See Voting as a Civic Duty

Written by Tyler Dudley, BDJ 664.02

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Election Day is here and citizens are coming out to vote at North Central Church in the northern suburbs of Syracuse. Poll workers were there starting at 4 a.m. to get everything in order before voters started piling in. Some voters came with their children, significant other, or […]

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The People Behind the Signs

Written by Matt St. Jean, BDJ 664.02

You see them as you drive through an intersection. Rain, snow, sleet, these supporters are at intersections with smiles on their faces and hands waving. They have a desire to push democracy forward and encourage citizens to do the same.

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Poll Employees Find Reasons to Stay Engaged During Sporadic Voter Turnout

Written by Jason Herman, BDJ 364.01

Election Day is long. Especially while working at a poll site from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. But, to Voting System Specialists Cathy Alston and Bernadette Roberson, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the day. Whether making small talk with voters, talking with each other, or even just helping out during the voting process, sitting at the check-in desk for almost 15 hours proves to be worth it for Alston and Roberson.

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A Father Hopes To Inspire His Son With A Family Tradition

Written by Emma Henzes, BDJ 364.01

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- At the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, 4-year-old Joseph Marrone fills a ballot bubble while sitting on his father’s lap. Anthony Marrone has been taking his son Joseph to the voting polls since he was 2 months old. “He was born in September and I think he voted in that primary […]

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Election Day Creates an Emotional Connection with Some Voters

Written by Timothy Collins, BDJ 364.01

Voters waited for the doors of Nottingham High School to open before the sun came up this morning to cast their vote in today’s election. Syracuse resident Jeff Fudesco explains what motivates him to head to the polls and what voting means to him.

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Dedicated Voters, Turning Out For Change

Written by Joshua Horwitz, BDJ 364.01

The change in the air is palpable today especially at the Reformed Church of Syracuse on Teall Ave. Today is Election Day and change is on the way. Changes in positions like the mayoral race and changes regarding laws here in Syracuse and across New York. Many voters are turning out to affect change in their community.

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Voting Isn’t An Option, But Mandatory For Jennifer Piekly

Written by Kevin Van Pelt, MNO 617.2

For Jennifer Piekly, not voting was never an option for this year’s Syracuse elections.

Voting at the Huntington PreK-8 School in Eastwood Syracuse, Piekly says she never misses an election. The Syracuse native believes if you don’t vote you are doing a disservice to the city.

“If you vote, you get to help create change,” Piekly said.

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