By Liam Quinn
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING—Before millions of Americans take to the polls on Nov. 6, thousands of East Lansing residents voted in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
With its heavy population of out-of-town students, many voters would be unable to make it to voting stations on Nov. 6, making early voting a must in the area for those who still wanted to cast their vote in the Presidential Campaign.
“I really wanted to vote for the first time this year, but I’ve got classes all day on Tuesday,” said Michigan State University student Scott Peterson. “Without being able to vote early, I doubt I would have been able to get involved this year. Having never voted before it feels great to be a part of it. I could’ve voted last time, but I wasn’t registered. It just felt important this time around.”
It seemed that heightened importance in this election, with its presidential choice, was driving many first-time voters to the polls.
“I could’ve registered a couple of years ago, but it just didn’t really seem to matter to me,” said Spartan student Samantha Baker. “I don’t really know why, but I’ve got more interested in the campaign as it has gone along. It made me realize this could be a really important year. Plus, having it so close by made it really easy.”
Some early voters had a tougher time than others because they had to return home to cast their ballots.
“I study at MSU, but I live in Ohio,” said MSU student Charles Thomas. “I made the trip home last week and made sure I got my vote in. It was crazy down there. it’s nice to see things are a little calmer back here in East Lansing.”