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Students’ first time voting

Turning 18 and being able to vote for the first time is one of the biggest coming-of-age opportunities a young adult can have, but does the new generation of voters actually care about the privilege?

Senior Grace Jackson said that voting does not have much effect on her, but she is still hopeful for what her voice can do in providing the country with a leader for the next four years even though the candidates are not the best choices in her opinion.

“I don’t have a favorite candidate, but I don’t think either candidate is an ideal leader for our country.  My vote alone might not make the greatest difference, but that is why it is important to encourage your friends and family to voter.  The bigger the community the greater the impact,” Jackson said.

Senior Michael Loper said that he has not been overly anxious for the election, but he also has not been dreading the event.

“I haven’t been circling the date on my calendar, but voting day is definitely something I have been looking forward to because I hope my vote will actually make an impact,” Loper said.

Being able to stand out in your class and have a voice in who is the community’s leader can be the best way to motivate the new voters into voting.

“I am very excited to vote because I am one of the only people of all of my friends that gets to vote and I think it is an opportunity I should definitely take because I have my own views aside from everyone around me because I feel like I don’t have very similar views as more than half of my friends.  My views are similar to my parents, but I have independent thoughts and understandings on many topics, so I don’t always agree with them,” senior Ashlee Walton said.

Jackson said that even though she is not overjoyed to vote, she does still hope that her vote, along with the other newly eligible voters, can make a difference in a positive way this election.

“I am not necessarily excited about voting, but it is exciting that I am now an adult and will be able to participate.  I have been looking forward to this election, and I think that it is important for the younger voters, like me, to care about it, too,” Jackson said.

Young voters are not as involved with politics because of their age, but that does not mean they do not have an opinion on who they believe is the best option for the leader of the country.

“I don’t consider myself strictly assigned to one party.  I agree with some of the things that each party stands for, but I also disagree with things each party stands for.  I care who wins because it directly affects everyone around me,” Walton said.

Loper said that because of his young age and inexperience with voting, he lacks knowledge in the political department, so he is not sure who he will vote for.  He knows that this is important, but he does not have a specific candidate in mind that he believes should win.

“Honestly, I am not a very up-to-date person and am not into politics as much as some of my other classmates in general, so I would not mind who wins the election for the next four years of office.  My vote is only one in millions, and I would like to think that it does more than it actually does, but because I do not have a certain party as the winner in my mind, I feel like I am just picking one or the other,”  Loper said.

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