By Caroline Lewis, Chattanooga, Tenn. —
While many students don’t believe this general election is necessarily any more important than any previous ones, they agree that it stands out for various reasons.
As the election comes to a close, students express their motivations to vote as well as their opinions on what will be many college students’ first presidential election.
Graham Alexander, a senior from Lexington and a SGA Senator and Campus Observations Chairperson, has participated in his first election by mailing in his vote.
“I feel like it’s my civil right and civil liberty to vote,” said Alexander.
Alexander said that this election, while not any more or less important than others, stands out because of how much is “on the line right now in our country and around the world.”
Kevin Sabany, a sophomore and business finance major from Cleveland, said that he will also be voting for the first time on Election Day.
Sabany said the first election he can participate in has been an interesting one.
“It’s entertaining, that’s for sure,” said Sabany.
Whether young, eligible voters are exercising their right or not, many have expressed their interest in the election.
Caity Pollan, a freshman and exercise science major from Memphis, missed the absentee vote deadline and won’t be voting in the General. Although Pollan isn’t voting, she said that this election has caused her and her friends to have a lot of long political discussions.
Pollan said that she believes this election has gotten more young people involved with politics.
“I definitely think that younger people need to be involved… we need to be more knowledgeable on future elections,” said Pollan.
Cole Abernathy, a senior and biology major from Portland, Ore., mailed in his vote early for the first General Election he’s participated in.
Abernathy said that this election has done more to divide America on the issues.
“It’s definitely polarized people,” Abernathy said.
The 2016 General Election ends on Tuesday, Nov. 8.