Absentee ballots became a common way to vote in the 2020 election as a result of COVID-19. A year later, voters are returning back to the polls to vote in person despite the ongoing pandemic.
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.
Dedicated voters with a need to make an impact go to vote during a mid-day lull on Marshall Street.
The pandemic caused small changes in the voting process, yet voters continue to cast their votes.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
This year voters at the Spiritual Renewal Center will continue to cast their votes upstairs in the Wisdom room, after many years of voting downstairs in the basement.
Polling workers like Todd Relyea have volunteered their time to work for the Board of Elections because it's something they believe in. Whatever their reason may be, they all attend a training session every year to be certified to conduct this role in their polling locations.
Election Day voting opened at 6 a.m. today, and Syracuse veterans and essential workers were among the first to arrive at the Nottingham High School polling center. The early risers are concerned with choosing the best representative for their community, and encourage others to go out and vote.