Nick Keller, 18, cast his first vote on Tuesday at his local polling place in Galway. It was simple, he said, noting the short wait.
“I went in and did my thing – didn’t phase me one bit,” said Keller, who didn’t want to say who he backed for president.
At the nearby Charlton Town Hall, 20-year-old Amanda Kucharski, who is studying nursing at Russell Sage College, also cast her first vote in a presidential election, noting she felt like she was finally getting to contribute to the bigger picture.
“It feels really good,” she said. “I feel like my voice matters, which is a good feeling.”
She voted for Joe Biden, who she said aligned with her position on the Black Lives Matter movement and how best to handle the coronavirus pandemic. While she said she wouldn’t protest in anger if Donald Trump secured a second term, she was concerned about the impact of another four years of Trump as president.
“I would be very worried about it if he is reelected,” she said.
Stephen DiCaprio, a heating and cooling specialist in Charlton, who walked past Kucharski in the polling site’s parking lot, said he was worried about the prospect of a Biden victory, highlighting Biden’s long career and politics and questioning what he had accomplished in that time.
“I’m not voting for a guy who has been in office for almost 50 years,” he said, while Trump on the other hand, does not act like a typical politician. “He’s against the grain, he’s not a politician.”
DiCaprio, 36, said he thought that Trump would win reelection, but he was also prepared for what could be a contested finish to the race, saying that he thinks Trump is likely to fight in the courts if there appears to be any election malfeasance.
Another Trump supporter, John Acors, said the election has brought out a lot of emotions.
“I think if he didn’t have Twitter, he would be liked a lot more,” Acors said. “He isn’t able to shut his mouth.
Some voters were not impressed with either of their presidential choices but highlighted the importance of participating, especially in local races.
“I’m not really a fan of either candidate,” Vanessa West, who voted in Galway with her husband, Ron, said of the presidential race. “So I left that one blank.”
Vanessa and Ron said they had considered voting during early voting but that they figured that there wouldn’t too much of a line. After all, it’s a small town, they said of Galway.
“It’s one the only chances we get to participate in government,” Ron West said of voting.