New voters are eager for the opportunity

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By Joshua Bozin
MI First Election

EAST LANSING, Mich.—The Election Day atmosphere was buzzing at Michigan State University as students voted, many of them for the first time.

Polls were open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. giving students plenty of time to make their way to the polls.

Packaging student Chris Wilson said that voting is very important for people to have their say and to actually be heard.

“I am voting today because it is the simplest way that I can get involved in the political process and state my opinion on how I want to be governed,” Wilson said.

Michigan State polls at Abbot Hall, West Akers Hall and Brody Hall stayed busy all day.

Pre-medical student Tori Reifel says that the feeling of satisfaction of voting for the first time made her feel great.

“To participate in the presidential election for the first time is exciting, and I believe that every vote really does matter, so to finally be able to make a difference in this election is a wonderful feeling,” Reifel said.

Students have flocked to social media websites describing their first-time voting experiences and advocating for others to vote.

Election officials have warned voters not to take pictures of their ballots, as that can be considered an illegal vote. The warning came after citizens were posting their ballots on Instagram.

The election has been prominent news in Australia, where sports science student Adam Lauria, says that people are not as confident that either candidate will provide a positive influence for their country.

“The election is an overgrown imprint on society, with one person winning who will in turn create a massive debt and be the detriment for other countries,” Lauria said.

Although, for the time being, students and the general public could not be happier to vote and eagerly await for the announcement of the next president of the United States of America.

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