“I don’t like the way the elections are going right now,” said Peyton Holtcamp.
Saying she isn’t fond of either candidate, Holtcamp described the 2016 election as a mess.
“It’s between a nutcase and a nitwit. There is no winning this term,” she said.
Holtcamp, 21, is not currently registered to vote, but plans on registering to vote for this year’s election.
“I just haven’t gotten around to signing up yet, I think I got until October 3,” she said.
The deadline for registering to vote in Michigan is October 11.
“This isn’t looking very bright for it to be my first election,” she said.
Holtcamp said she knows how to get registered but one thing has been stopping her from signing up: the location.
She mentioned dreading going to the DMV to wait in line for service.
“You go to the Post office, or the DMV, or sometimes online, and sign up. I’m not sure if there’s a waiting process or anything like that,” Holtcamp said. “I’ll probably go sign up next weekend. I think all I need is my ID.”
Holtcamp lives with her mom, Melissa Holtcamp, her younger brother, Gabriel Holtcamp, and her boyfriend Drew Patterson in Monroe, Mich.
Holtcamp and Patterson have been dating for about a year and a half now. He is a manager at Toys-’R-Us, and she is currently a Sales Supervisor at Spencer’s Gifts in the Mall of Monroe.
“I’m basically just a manager, I can do deposits and planograms,” she said.
A planogram is a picture from the company that shows how a specific area of the store, such as tee shirts, should look to maximize sales.
The two met at their previous job working at Jet’s Pizza. Holtcamp used to prep and cook food, while Patterson was a delivery driver.
Holtcamp does not have an optimistic view of voting.
“I feel like as many times as I sign a piece of paper, it won’t effect any big picture thing because I think they’re all rigged. Our votes don’t matter,” she said.
Holtcamp is studying to be a veterinarian technician at Stautzenberger College, in Maumee, Ohio.
“I have like a year and three months left, then I’ll be getting my associate’s degree in applied science,” she said.
Holtcamp drives to class from Monroe, an hour commute each way.
“Animal rights are really important to me, just because that’s what I’m in school for,” she said.
She plans on fostering a kitten in the near future.
“He’s so small,” she said, “he can fit in the palm of my hand.”
Holtcamp stated the issue that affects her the most right now would be the War on Drugs.
“I think it’s a waste of money, honestly. There’s really no war on drugs. It’s all profit for a bunch of hoighty-toighty-big-pants people,” she said.
“The women’s right to have an abortion is also a big one,” Holtcamp said. “That’s just because women should have the right to do what they want with their own body.”
Holtcamp mentioned that she likes to play video games for fun, mostly Borderlands or BioShock.
“I get told I’m pretty geeky, I like video games, and I play with my dogs for fun,” she said.
Another one of Holtcamp’s favorite activities is to annoy her boyfriend or make crafts.
“I do paintings; I like to do stuff with polymer clay, like sculptures, and making my own bath products,” she said.
Holtcamp wants to be a special effects artist. She attends conventions about special effects for fun and used to be enrolled in beauty school.
“I know I’m going into the veterinarian world, but I’d really love to be a special effects artist and to be able to work on movies,” she said.