Stories from Election Day 2012

Using a variety of media, Syracuse University students documented the day's events for the Democracy in Action project's third year — and first presidential election.

Tight races at both the local and national level drew crowds of Central New Yorkers to the polls to vote today, some for the first time and some with children in tow.

For the third year, 120 students from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications visited poll stations, events and campaign headquarters to record snapshots of Election Day across the county for the Democracy in Action project. In print, audio, photography and video, the student journalists posted stories they discovered throughout the day, beginning at 5 in the morning and continuing late this evening.



  • The New York Times calls a second term for President Barack Obama at 12:03 a.m.
  • According to, as of 11:50 p.m., 79 percent of the 24th Congressional District precincts reported results. Democrat Dan Maffei has taken 51 percent of the vote, Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle has 41 percent and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum has 8 percent.
  • As of 11:30 p.m., Fox News, CBS, NBC and CNN have projected that President Barack Obama will win re-election.







Every Dog Has His Day
by Sean Walker

Never Too Early To Start
by Chet Davis

Voting at SU

by Ashley Allen


Ajak Ater (left), Samuel Borketey (middle) and Irakoze Fabrice (right) enjoy a lunch break before heading back to work at Our Lady of Pompei's Election Day spaghetti supper (Photo: Ellie Wilkinson)


The Democratic candidate for Onondaga County Clerk, Garry Morris Sr., talks with volunteers at Our Lady of Pompei's spaghetti supper. (Photo by Joshua J. Wahl)


11:00 p.m. Update by Brent Fox

10:30 p.m. Update by Tim Doehler and Karolina Buczek

Midday Update by Oritt Blum and Stephanie Tardugno

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