By Abby Burbary
The Mason Times
Is it important to vote? These college students think so.
As the Michigan presidential primary election is quickly approaching on March 8, some college-aged voters say they are voting because their opinions matter and they want millennials to make a difference.
Chase Hanson, sophomore nursing student at University of Michigan, Flint, said that it is important for him to have a say because his opinion matters, especially about the person who runs the country.
“If we didn’t utilize our right to vote, it would just show that we don’t appreciate or care enough about our opinions,” Hanson said.
Hanson said the most rewarding part about voting is knowing that he could possibly influence and have an impact on who the next leader could be.
“Every vote matters,” Hanson said.
Kiara Tomirotti, a freshman at Michigan State University, said that she found out information about the candidates for this election by reading the news, watching the debates and viewing online articles.
Tomirotti said she is choosing to vote because it is important that the current generation gets involved with the polls, and she will know she has done her part as a citizen.
“Our opinions are too frequently overlooked and overshadowed by the older majority, and it’s time we make a difference,” Tomirotti said.
When asked what she would say to a student who is deciding not to vote, Tomirotti said her message for students who don’t plan to vote is their vote could have a chance to change who is part of the political system.
“By not voting, they are leaving the politics that people “hate” as they are, and not doing everything in their power to change it,” Tomirotti said.
Manda Villarreal, a sophomore at Mott Community College, said that it is important and rewarding for her to vote because it is an opportunity to be heard, rather than being someone who holds back.
“I think the most rewarding part is knowing you did your part as an American,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal said she learned all of the information about the candidates for the upcoming election by researching on the internet, and also through school and her parents.
When asked if she had any advice for millennials who are not voting because they are
uninformed about the candidates, Villarreal said she would suggest trying to find information from a knowledgeable political person who has an un-biased opinion.
“Check out an un-biased news station, or visit the local library and read up,” Villarreal said.
Register to vote here: Michigan.gov