Why Moving Village Elections From Spring to Fall Could Save Money, Boost Turnout – Spectrum News

What village officials can control though is when the election is held. Onondaga County elections commissioner Dustin Czarny says only about about 10 to 15 percent of the population votes in village elections. He believes that number would increase with a fall election. “The villages would have zero costs to run their election, whereas theyContinue reading “Why Moving Village Elections From Spring to Fall Could Save Money, Boost Turnout – Spectrum News”

Onondaga County’s Elections Commisioners on the Campbell Conversations – WRVO

The upcoming general election will no doubt re-ignite debates over voter turnout and voter suppression.  On this week’s episode of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher speaks with the two elections commissioners for Onondaga County, Republican Helen Kiggins Walsh and Democrat Dustin Czarny.  We find out why they think efforts to suppress voting have largelyContinue reading “Onondaga County’s Elections Commisioners on the Campbell Conversations – WRVO”

Voter registration in Onondaga County increases – The Daily Orange

In contrast, throughout the entirety of 2015 — a non-presidential election year — there were about 10,500 new registered voters in Onondaga county, Czarny said. Czarny said that because of excitement that circulates during the presidential election year, people are driven to vote. The numbers of those arriving on Election Day in Onondaga County mayContinue reading “Voter registration in Onondaga County increases – The Daily Orange”

Governor Cuomo proposes 12 days of voting before Election Day – WSYR9

Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says it’s a good idea to improve the turn out. He says it will allow people who have trouble voting on Election Day to have more flexibility. https://www.localsyr.com/news/governor-cuomo-proposes-12-days-of-voting-before-election-day/

Sullivan: Low voter turnout favorable for incumbents – The Daily Orange

But who cares? Apparently not most of Syracuse. Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny estimates that a little more than 25 percent of registered voters in Onondaga County turned out to the polls yesterday, according to Syracuse.com. This statistic sticks to a recent trend that voter turnout remains dismally low in off-year elections, considering voter turnout was 27Continue reading “Sullivan: Low voter turnout favorable for incumbents – The Daily Orange”

Deadline to vote in this year’s election and next year’s presidential primary is today – WRVO

While many residents will beat the deadline by registering through a board of elections office or website they can also do it through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.  Voters have been able to register on their My DMV site for a couple of years now.  But this is the first year they can wait tillContinue reading “Deadline to vote in this year’s election and next year’s presidential primary is today – WRVO”

Primary Day Shaping Up to Be Busy in Onondaga County – Spectrum News

An off-year election usually means even lower voter turnout on Primary Day. There’s only one way one of the Board of Elections Commissioners, Dustin Czarny, could describe it. “It’s, well, it’s horrible,” said said Czarny, Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner. “It’s 10 to 20 percent. Sometimes in a mayoral primary you’ll see it up around 30Continue reading “Primary Day Shaping Up to Be Busy in Onondaga County – Spectrum News”

Time to Sign: Candidates Start Push for Signatures – Spectrum News

This is the week that that signature collection effort gets underway as local candidates seeking anything from a handful to a thousand names. “Depending on what party you’re running for and what position you’re running for depends on how many signatures. That petition process. We have several petition processes, but the main one started thisContinue reading “Time to Sign: Candidates Start Push for Signatures – Spectrum News”

Onondaga County introducing electronic polling books in three locations – WRVO

Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says this change in technology has several advantages. “We hope that it’ll be more efficient, both on the voter end, and our data collection end at the end of the election,” Czarny said. “Greener of course, because we won’t be printing poll books three or four times aContinue reading “Onondaga County introducing electronic polling books in three locations – WRVO”

Onondaga County Elections Commissioners struggle to get people to polls – WRVO

Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny agrees. He says these local elections tend to only bring out a little more than one in five registered voters, compared to national races. “National Elections will have 50, 70 or 80 percent turnout,” Czarny said. “So if people realize that the elections could really make a difference and couldContinue reading “Onondaga County Elections Commissioners struggle to get people to polls – WRVO”