Sydney Kramm, freshman Visible Communications Design main, voted by mail in her first election.
Kramm stated she voted by mail as a result of she feels it’s the most secure choice for her.
“I felt somewhat extra safer, in a bizarre approach, and I really feel prefer it was the best choice for me due to how busy my life is correct now, attributable to my work and having faculty, and in addition the present state of the world proper now,” Kramm stated.
She additionally stated she heard individuals she talked to felt voting by mail made them really feel much less intimidated to vote. Kramm stated the place she’s from in Ohio is “very pro-Trump” whereas she and her associates are extra liberal-minded.
“I really feel like my voice formally now counts,” Kramm stated in regards to the expertise.
Kramm stated she searched on Google and tried to be taught in regards to the platforms that align together with her but it surely was a variety of data to kind by way of. Nonetheless, she stated it’s vital for her to vote as a result of she feels snuffed out by the present authorities.
“I’m a bisexual lady, and I generally really feel like I’m being snuffed out by our present state of our authorities. I feel being able to vote may help get my voice throughout there and in addition try to get the individuals out which might be in energy which might be hurting us,” Kramm stated. “And never solely simply the LGBTQ group however different minorities.”
Whereas she’s at work at present, Kramm stated she’s going to attempt to sustain with the information and take note of how the outcomes play out.
Madison Biechler, sophomore digital media & broadcasting main, voted in Kentucky by absentee for each the first elections and on Election Day.
She stated her course of was pretty straightforward. This was the primary election she voted in and she or he believes that voting within the election is vital as a result of that’s “the entire concept of democracy.”
“We’re speculated to be a rustic for the individuals and the individuals ought to have the most important voice,” Biechler stated.
She stated she doesn’t wish to see individuals lose rights following the election outcomes.
“I don’t wish to see anyone get mistreated and I don’t wish to see anyone lose rights. I wish to see everyone achieve it and grow to be equal.” Biechler stated. “I’m a girl and I wish to see girls’s rights, however extra importantly I simply wish to see everyone have the identical rights.”
Whereas she desires to be holding updated with the outcomes tonight, her work schedule won’t enable her to see it stay.
Braden White’s first time voting the morning of Nov. 3 was somewhat disastrous, based on the freshman public relations main.
“It was truly type of horrible,” White stated.
White received up very early to get to his polling station in Clermont County, Ohio, so temperatures have been freezing.
The computer systems used to register voters additionally malfunctioned, and White stated it took him somewhat over two hours to vote.
Regardless of these difficulties, White nonetheless believes that voting is without doubt one of the most vital issues residents can do.
“I really feel like voting is like crucial factor for me to do. I imply, for any American, however I really feel like for me particularly, I really feel like everybody’s rights are on the road,” White stated. “For me to jeopardize different individuals, different minority teams, I feel that’s simply egocentric.”
When researching candidates White stated he seemed for candidates that “wouldn’t simply profit white, straight individuals.” White stated he dominated out President Donald Trump early on and has been maintaining with the election for the reason that Democratic Nationwide Debates in 2019.
White stated he has additionally checked out a number of information retailers, particularly the New York Instances.
White stated he has been nervous the previous few months, citing the racial injustice over the summer season and the swearing-in of Supreme Courtroom Justice Amy Coney Barrett, however stated the whirlwind that’s the yr 2020 helped put together him for no matter comes subsequent.
“It’s nothing new to me now as a result of what we’ve been by way of this yr is like the identical as how unhealthy the election is,” White stated.
White reiterated the significance of voting for a candidate he felt would profit all identities, one thing he feels Trump’s administration has not executed, which made him understand the significance of voting much more.
“I feel that now greater than ever, I’m similar to, ‘wow, I’m bored with this’ and I feel that made me extra inclined to vote,” White stated.
Previous to this election, freshman Madison Hoffbauer stated she didn’t know what to anticipate from in-person voting.
“I wasn’t even actually positive how the poll was going to have a look at first,” Hoffbauer, an digital media & broadcasting main, stated.
Final weekend, she traveled again residence to Warren County, Ohio, to solid her poll as a newly eligible, first-time voter.
In accordance with Hoffbauer, she felt compelled to vote attributable to this election yr.
“It’s such an enormous election yr, particularly with the 2 candidates who’re very polar reverse and it’s type of cut up up the complete nation,” Hoffbauer stated.
The latest affirmation of Supreme Courtroom Justice Amy Coney Barrett notably spurred her to take to the polls to guard her rights as a girl and others’ rights as LGBTQ+ people and minorities.
Regardless of choosing early voting, Hoffbauer stated the polling location was crowded that Sunday afternoon when she and her boyfriend arrived.
Although there have been a number of individuals in attendance, Hoffbauer stated she had felt secure throughout the complete course of. The polling station was fitted with plexiglass, flooring markers to take care of social distancing and everybody was carrying the necessary facial protecting.
This election, Hoffbauer stated she voted for sure candidates based mostly on points that have been vital to her similar to human rights and equality, healthcare and environmental points.
In accordance with Hoffbauer, she hopes that the nation, which she feels is presently so divided, can discover a pathway again to unity by way of this election.
Nonetheless, she stated she feels just like the election outcomes will decide the end result of many nationwide and world points.
“Relying on who wins, I’m probably not positive how we’re going to carry up the subsequent 4 years,” Hoffbauer stated.