Election Day has arrived — but these students already voted
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AMHERST — For many University of Massachusetts Amherst students, today’s election will be the first time they vote for their president.
With alternative methods of voting — like early voting and absentee ballots — young people are seizing the opportunity to make their opinions be heard.
Early voting has been a way to stay ahead of the game for a number of students on campus.
“It makes voting more convenient and easy when there isn’t such a rush and hassle.”
Vanessa Ned, 18, freshman
“I decided to vote early because the precinct I’m in is off-campus and I have no way of getting there.”
Zachary Numan, 18, freshman
“Just to get it out of the way. As a college student we have a lot of things we need to do and the whole early voting thing is really nice for me because I didn’t even want to vote.”
Kayla Brown-Haynes, 20, sophomore
“It was my first time voting and it’s a very important election so I wanted to make an impact.”
Alejandro Cano, 18, freshman
“Just in case something came up at the last minute.”
Morgan Phillips, 28, junior
“I have class all day on election day, so I didn’t really have time and I also really wanted to show my unconditional support of Clinton.”
Kat Pillman, 23, second-year graduate student
“I decided to vote early cause I live really far away and I think it’s really important [to vote] especially in this era since these two candidates have very different views about the future of the country.”
David Mota, 22, senior
“I really did not want to take a shuttle into town on a Tuesday and I’m very confident in who I’m voting for. I don’t need more time to be convinced.”
Racquel Bitar, 18, freshman
If you haven’t already voted, go out and do your civic duty today.
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