First-time voters hit the polls in Murfreesboro

Posted at 2:51 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 18:44:11-05

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — First-time voters across the Mid-State came out to learn the ropes on Election Day.

Around 7 a.m. there was a line to vote at Blackman United Methodist Church. Shortly after, most voters were in and out in 10 minutes during the day. The election administrator said lines haven’t been bad because of record early voting turnout.

First-time voter Brianne Kendall rushed home from Birmingham-Southern College to vote in between classes. She said she voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.

“My biggest belief in voting is that I wanted somebody to represent environmental values. I’m a conservation biology student, and an environmental science student, and those were very practical, very important to me,” Kendall said. “I also looked at how did they treat people, and I wanted somebody who respected all races, all lives, all religions, and I felt like that was better respected in the Biden-Harris administration.”

Another first-time voter, 18-year-old Caleb Dates, described the experience as "life-changing." Caleb recently moved to Rutherford County from California, and he was scrambling to get a new license, and registered to vote in time. He said he voted for President Donald Trump because of his faith.

“As a believer in Christ, and being a Christian, I think one of the most important things for me is their stances on biblical ideals,” Dates said. “When I hear that Trump is pro-life and Biden is not, that for me is my deciding factor, I’m going to vote for someone who wants life to be a thing.”

According to the election administrator, other locations like LaVergne Middle School and SportsCom were a bit busier during the day.