FIRST TIME: Students Say They’re Ready To Be Heard

On Election Day, thousands of students like the group we spoke to at East High School in Des Moines will cast their ballots for the first time.

“I think if I vote now, I can have a say but if I don’t vote, I can’t really say anything,” said Dillon Hernandez, a senior at East High School

Gallup polls in 2004 and 2008 predicted that first time voters would cast 13% of total ballots with most of those coming from people ages 18-29.

“I think that’s really awesome that this is the year we’re choosing the president. That’s really cool for me,” said Darian Delaney, a senior at East.

“I just turned 18 and it was my own decision,” Steffian Church told Channel 13 News.

For some, it will be an experience shared with the people that mean the most and an opportunity to make an informed decision on the issues that matter most to them.

“I’m going to be voting with my mom,” said Jasmine Chak, a first time voter.

“My econ professor talks to us a lot about it and he talks both sides so we get to understand,” said Stephenie Gabriel, a senior at East said.

Students say they have a lot at stake in this election.

“This is the president of our country. This is a huge deal,” said Delaney.

They’ll be eagerly awaiting the results, no matter how late they come in.

“I’m going to be staying up with the family in the living room watching the TV, watching the polls,” said Angelo Arreola, a first time voter from East High School.

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