First Time Voters Cast Ballots

Posted at 5:13 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 20:34:53-05

Thousands of voters cast a ballot for the first time in the Presidential race - a process many described as surprisingly easy.

"There were no lines," said Cecilia Wile, who cast her ballot at Eakin School. "I was surprised because we went to vote early and the line was out the door and around the block. We gave up and went home."

Davidson County election officials said Eakin School likely sees a higher number of first time voters than other precincts because it's near Vanderbilt University. While many of those voters described different issues that are important to them, one recurring theme played a part in their decision to vote.

"It's been a crazy year," said Sam Webb, a recent Vanderbilt graduate. "It hasn't been an ideal race for both parties and both candidates."

For many, the volatile and uncertain campaign season played a part in their decision to vote.

"It didn't feel like it was about the people,' said Vanderbilt student Clark Dewoskin. "It felt like it was about these two candidates warring in the headlines. I think a lot of people are ready for it to be over."

For others, this is a chance to be a part of history.

"We fought for this," said Victor Wu, also a Vanderbilt student. "And it's so close this time around. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if the results didn't happen the way I wanted them to."

The Tennessee Division of Elections doesn't collect demographic information during the registration process, so it's unclear how many first time voters have already cast a ballot. But for those who participated Tuesday, all that's left to do is wait.

"By this time, I feel like the fervor is gone, it's all down to voting," Webb said. "It's all down to just seeing what happens."