Presidential campaigning is coming to an end. The time is now to decide who will run our country for the next four years. It’s now or never.
Early voting ends today. Most early voting polls close at 6 or 7 p.m. Check with your local elections administrator to find out where to vote.
The only other time to vote is on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, only four more days. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
According to our KC straw poll, 80 percent of students are registered to vote.
Many students are first-time voters and took the time to vote early in this presidential election.
“It felt good. It was really good to vote for someone you really believe in. Someone who can help you achieve your goals,” said Lynn Williams, Fort Worth freshman.
With constant bombardment from the media, it can be hard to sift through opinions in order to form your own. Just like many other politically charged environments, KC has its share of views when it comes to the presidential candidates.
“I voted for Romney because he knows how to handle money. We’re already in debt and we need someone to help get us out of debt. He’ll do better about keeping us out of debt better than Obama did,” said Sammie Jo Oller, Gilmer sophomore. “If he can manage his own money then I know he can help manage ours. That’s my main reason. He knows how to manage money and cares about everyone, not just the middle class. He’s not just concentrating on making the rich richer and the poor rich.”
Others, like Williams don’t necessarily agree.
“Mitt Romney is trying to take away our education. I don’t want to stay poor. I want to go to school and make a better life for myself,” Williams said. “Romney is trying to raise taxes for the middle class and lower them for the higher class. That’s why I voted for Obama; he’s for education. It’s all about the education.”
In order to make an informed decision, both Oller and Williams researched their candidate’s views and chose the man they thought had the strengths that best fit those required of a president.
“I looked at both of them [candidates] and decided which was worth my time and vote,” Williams said. “I weighed to pros and cons. If the con’s outweighed the pros, I knew to go on to the next person.”
Though voting doesn’t seem to be very popular among those aged 18-25, it’s still important to some.
“It’s important to vote, especially as a woman. Men were above us in everything. So it’s nice to have that opportunity,” Williams said. “It’s also important as an African American. It’s nice to have the same opportunity as everyone else.”
Though the evolution of the voting process is noteworthy for some, the chance to get their voice heard is something else to be grateful for.
“It’s very important to vote. People always give their opinion but if you don’t vote, you don’t really have room for you opinion in the matter because if it comes to a tie that one person’s vote could’ve made a difference,” Oller said.