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Election results in the Central New York area mirror those nationwide … some paint a clear picture while others remain blurred.  Voters cast their ballots for congressional candidates, as well as those for state senate and assembly seats, and other local officials. 

(Onondaga County Vote Totals click here)

How Could the 2020 Election Reshape Elections in the Future?

Nov 2, 2020

This election year has already been unlike any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least ninety-five million Americans have voted before Election Day thanks to early voting and mail-in ballots; which makes up more than two-thirds of the total voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election. Deputy Director for League of Women Voters in New York State, Jennifer Wilson, says this large turnout before the election shows how useful early voting can be.

Local Community Organizer Brings Art, Youth to Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts

Oct 23, 2020
Tom Honan

A local community organizer is using art and youth to urge residents on Syracuse’s South Side to participate in the November election. Now that New York’s deadline to register to vote has passed, the focus has shifted to getting out the vote.  Project Vote Leader Joyce Freeman says many people already vote in local and national elections.

  “We are trying to also focus on the people who seldom vote but are registered and they don’t either have a way to get there or just think that maybe their vote doesn’t count. Every vote counts.”

Six Early Voting Locations Open to Onondaga County Voters Starting Saturday

Oct 20, 2020

Onondaga County voters will be able to head to the polls at six locations starting this Saturday as early voting gets underway.  This option for casting a ballot continues for nine days, through two weekends before election day. 

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Pro voting rights groups are encouraging potential voters to register, and for those who do want to vote, to make a plan in advance.  There are some important dates for voters in New York to remember.

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The young people who were a big part of this summer’s social movements, marches and protests could also play a key role in the upcoming election.  November’s election could face a shortage of poll workers. About 58% of people who worked past elections are over age 60 according to the Pew Research Center, a group most vulnerable to coronavirus and some are expected to stay away. 

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The 2020 election is just 64 days away, as of Monday, with campaigns trying to figure out what might sway voters.  The path to the White House and Congress lies with voters, but the overall agenda is largely out of their hands.

One Syracuse elected official knows first hand the accomplishment and message sent by the choice of Kamala Harris as the presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee.  Assembly Member Pamela Hunter has herself, as a woman of color, had to win over voters to gain public office. 

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Voters in this year’s local elections don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots.  For the first time, early voting is an option in Onondaga County and throughout the state, after New York lawmakers passed it into law earlier this year. 

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Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.