Democracy in Action: Results roll in for local races

Democracy in Action: Results are in

Dozens of Newhouse School student journalists are covering the Syracuse and Onondaga County election races.
Published: November 5, 2019

Through the Democracy in Action project, undergraduate and graduate students in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications shared voters’ Election Day stories through photos, audio, video and text.

Students spent the day at the polls, speaking with voters in Syracuse and the surrounding suburbs, where they heard voters’ perspectives on local races.

Among the voters, students discovered a broad range of viewpoints and a shared passion for democracy.

Polls are officially closed. You can view election results on the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.

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Updated: 8 p.m.

Negative Ads Create Negative Results
Updated: 8 p.m.

Election Day is bringing controversy to Onondaga County this year. The County Executive position is up for vote and the race between Republican incumbent Ryan McMahon and Democratic challenger Tony Malavenda has not been quiet. Malavenda’s campaign ads suggest to voters that McMahon is not fit for the job.

Voters Celebrate Election Day with Spaghetti Supper
Updated: 4 p.m.

Sporting a chef’s hat and red apron, Rev. Daniel Caruso greeted voters at the cafeteria door. The aroma of sweet marinara sauce wafted from the school kitchen as constituents got their Election Day pasta fix.

“Over a pot of spaghetti, differences don’t seem to matter,” Caruso said.

The church is hosting its 70th annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper at the Our Lady of Pompei School on North McBride Street. Doors opened at 11:30 a.m., and the event is set to wrap up at 7 p.m.

Early morning polling hours bring out the best of Central New Yorkers
Updated: Noon

Many people have been asking themselves questions before the cast their ballots today, but William Sovik has voted every year since he was 18 years old and knows one thing for sure.

“I know who I’m not voting for,” Sovik said. “I  mean I left a whole column blank.”

Sovik is one of the many people that voted early this morning at Nottingham High School in Syracuse.

Is Early Voting Too Early?
Updated: Noon

This year’s local elections in New York state featured a new way of voting. Residents of New York state had the option to participate in early voting, casting their ballots before November 5. While early voting seems like a proactive way to vote, some residents would rather show up directly to their polling locations on Election Day.

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is a digital producer for The NewsHouse.