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      Local college students actively participating on Election Day

      Onondaga Community College freshman Maria Giordano helps a woman coming to vote.

      Onondaga Community College freshman Maria Giordano is spending 16 hours on Election Day helping voters at a Minoa polling place.

      Giordano is the youngest volunteer at her polling location, but feels participating is critical.

      "Young people need to get involved because if we don't get involved, our voice and our wants aren't even going to be heard in an election," Giordano said.

      Another O.C.C. student, Nick Giangiobbe, is spending his Election Day helping at a Liverpool polling station. He hopes more people his age will become politically active.

      "There are people all over the world who can't even vote for who their leaders are," said Giangiobbe. "So being a part of this is kind of like an honor to me. And I'm not sure if everyone my age really understands that. But I'm hoping eventually one day they will."

      Students at Syracuse University are using social media, particularly Twitter, to engage in the political process.

      "It's amazing that politics has started getting so heavily involved in social media," said sophomore Hailey Temple. "Because I think now, young people are starting to have their voices heard and actually starting to understand what the politics are about and why it's so important for them to go out and vote," said Temple.

      For many, social media may be the key to getting a younger generation involved in politics.

      "As soon as the information starts being shared in ways that are comfortable to a younger person and more natural to a younger person - a digital native, so to speak - we can see that young people are interested, and they will come out and vote," said Anthony Rotolo, a professor at Syracuse University's iSchool.