Voting

Democratic nominee Colleen Deacon finishes up campaign on Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
Curtis Driscoll / Democracy in Action

For many voters going to the ballot box, choosing a candidate can be tough. With different candidates and issues on the ballot, it can be hard to figure out who would be the best representative for the district.

But for 24th Congressional District Democratic nominee Colleen Deacon, the choice was easy.

Naturalized citizens become first-time voters

Nov 8, 2016
Samantha Mendoza / Democracy in Action

The only thing brighter than Miriam Gillett-Kunnath’s multicolored scarf was the smile on her face as she exited the polling station at North Central Church on Buckley Road this morning. This was her first time voting in a presidential election --  a moment that was particularly special for her as a Belize-born woman who gained U.S. citizenship two years ago.

“I think I wanted to cry,” Gillett-Kunnath said. “I was just overwhelmed.”

Voters, not all happy, still turnout to the polls

Nov 8, 2016
Nicole DeMentri / Democracy in Action

Faith Heritage School, located on Midland Ave, opened its doors for voters as students got the day off.  Voters and their families started to show up in greater numbers as the day went on, but many expressed they could not wait to put this election cycle behind them.

Skaneateles voters hope issues, not candidates, are focus

Nov 8, 2016
Rachel George / Democracy in Action

Residents walked in and out the Skaneateles Fire Department casting their vote for the 2016 presidential election, with feelings of optimism and concern.

Tom Fernandez, 34, and Ali Rogness, residents of Skaneateles, brought their three-year-old son Jack to the polling site to show him how voting could affect his life and how he grows up in the future.

“He needs to be here and see this,” Fernandez said. “I’m optimistic that one day my son will be president, but I’m not sure of this country. We have a lot of work to do.”

97-year-old voter proves everyone can make a difference

Nov 8, 2016

The first Tuesday of November means Election Day and one Marcellus man is proving you’re never too old to make a difference.

Robert Gang grew up on Syracuse’s Northside and over the course of his 97 years he has seen just how drastically the community around him has changed.

“It looks different to me, when I drive in town now, things are different,” said Gang.

Katko's neighbors show support in Camillus

Nov 8, 2016
Robin Katko taking photo of supporters
Elliot Williams / Democracy in Action

Across the street from the Camillus Volunteer Fire Department, a group of seven enthusiastic friends and neighbors of U.S. Rep. John Katko waved American flags and posters in support of the Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District.

The group was surprised when Katko’s wife, Robin, showed up with donuts and motivation for the supporters. She said this is just one stop along the way as she goes to other Camillus polling locations in support of her husband.

Parents teach kids importance of voting in DeWitt

Nov 8, 2016
Kathryn Shafsky / Democracy in Action

As teachers made their way into Tecumseh Elementary School this morning, Caitlin Seamans was juggling an infant in one arm and an excited 2-year-old son on the other.

Seamans brought them along to the polls this morning because she’s a stay-at-home mom but said that her son understands that something important is happening.

“It’s good to bring them,” Seamans said. “I don’t know if he knows what it means, but he’s been saying ‘vote’ all morning.”

Voters at Nottingham High School polling site urge everyone to vote

Nov 8, 2016
David Onoue / Democracy in Action, 2016

Twenty-two voters waited in line for the polls to open at 6 a.m. at Nottingham High School.

First in line to cast her ballot was Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter, who is running unopposed for re-election in the 128th district. Hunter was happy to have been able to vote for herself this morning and felt relieved to be here, but with trepidation after a difficult and hard fought election cycle.

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There’s a good chance you’ll be voting at a school on Tuesday. Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says they’re just good places to hold elections.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is hoping to establish a women’s suffrage commission that would help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

The underlying effort of this commission would be education says Gillibrand. And the concept takes her back to 1976, when she was ten years old and the Freedom Train came to town to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial.

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Today is primary day for congressional races. Voters in central New York will be going to the polls for two races:

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School budget votes and school board elections are being held across the state Tuesday, and the New York State School Boards Association says more schools are seeking to convince voters to override the state’s tax cap.

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New York’s restrictive voter access rules came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s presidential primary. And some are saying there’s a need for changes.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

It’s presidential primary day in New York state. But New York’s closed primary election process is creating a bit of confusion for some voters.

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Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he’s not going away now that elections are over. He says he intends to continue drawing attention to issues like raising the minimum wage and building his party, instead.

Hawkins says the Greens, who were the only party to gain voters in the elections, intends to build their membership in the coming months. Hawkins says 70 percent of voters did not bother coming to the polls, and he sees potential in the disaffected electorate.

“Those are the future Green voters,” Hawkins said. “That’s the way we’re looking at it.”

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College students across central New York today are learning valuable lessons this Election Day. Many students from different colleges and universities are fanned out at polling places across Syracuse and Onondaga County, interviewing voters or volunteering to help.

Jonathan Rowe, who attends Onondaga Community College, has been what’s called a "gatekeeper" at the Elmwood School polling location in Syracuse, since polls opened this morning.
   
“Good morning, do you know what district you are voting in?” he says to one voter walking into the location.

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Onondaga County is experimenting this Election Day with electronic poll books. Information gleaned from this experience could change the way New Yorkers sign in to vote in this state.

Right now, when voters go to the polls in New York state, an election worker flips through a big book. A voter then signs in next to their name, before casting their ballot.

Electronic poll books would change that first step, with voters' names stored in a laptop-like device, using a signature pad to sign in.

On primary day, an argument for voting by mail

Sep 9, 2014
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A central New York board of elections commissioner says switching to a vote-by-mail system would both increase turnout and save money.

Bob Howe, the Republican commissioner for elections in Cortland County, readily admits he may be the oddball with this thinking.

But with voting machines costing more than $11,000 each and the need to pay observers to staff polling places, Howe argues mail ballots would be much cheaper.

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A state Supreme Court judge heard arguments Friday in regards to whether the state Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment that critics say improperly advocates for the measure’s passage.

Four of the six candidates running for Watertown City Council, including the race's two incumbents, are moving on to the general election in November, following Tuesday's primary election.

Incumbent candidates Teresa Macaluso and Jeffrey Smith took the top two spots, with 575 and 454 votes, respectively. Challenger Stephen Jennings also had a strong showing, falling only two votes shy of Smith. Cody Horbacz also moves on to the November election.

Jasmine Borreffine and Rodney LaFave received the lowest totals and were eliminated from the race.

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The state’s attorney general and Assembly speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow residents displace by superstorm Sandy to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site in the state.

Syracuse workshops aim to increase voter turnout

Feb 29, 2012

According to the U.S. Census, in the 2010 elections, about 38% of New Yorkers voted. In a poll of people who didn't vote, nearly 27% of respondents said they were "too busy." In downtown Syracuse, local residents are working to improve voter turnout rates through a series of educational workshops.