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Voting for the first time

  • Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Updated Friday, November 9, 2012 3:15 am

Among the millions of votes cast across the country Tuesday were many from people voting for the very first time.
The Georgetown Times spoke with some who cast their first ballots Tuesday.
n Shashaunta Briggs could have voted in the past but chose this year to cast her first ballot.
Briggs, 26, said she has several reasons for wanting to vote this go-around. One, she said, is to support President Barack Obama.
“I never thought my vote would count,” she said when asked why she never voted before Tuesday. “But this election seems big.”
Briggs, a student at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, said her sociology class got her interested in politics.
“I researched the candidates and decided I like what the president has been saying,” she said, adding she supports Obama’s views on issues such as women’s rights and gay marriage.
“People should be able to be with who they love,” she said after casting her ballot at Maryville Elementary School.
• Jessica Mixon, 24, could have voted in 2008 and in the 2010 mid-term elections.
But she voted Tuesday for the very first time.
Mixon said she was “busy with college” in 2008 and did not take time to register.
But, on Oct. 6 — the deadline for registering to vote yesterday — she obtained her voter registration card.
“Our economy is in a world of mess,” Mixon said when asked why she felt it was important to vote this year. “I don’t agree with some of the things Barack Obama has done.”
Mixon said she does not feel the country should still be at war and is against the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare).
She said she feels Mitt Romney “is a pretty straight-forward guy.” She said she supports his stand on the abortion issue.
• April Ray turned 18 last year. She said she was very interested in politics as a student at Andrews High School.
She cast a ballot for the first time Tuesday. She also voted for Romney.
“I was looking so forward to (voting). I really want to help make a change. The economy is so messed up. I don’t want it to be the same as it has been the past four years,” Ray said.
She said she recently had a baby and feels Romney’s plans for the country will help give her child a more secure future.
“I want her to grow up with what I have and what my parents have,” Ray said.
• Emily Satcher, 18, a student at Charleston Southern University, drove home to vote at Lowcountry Day School just to cast a ballot.
“I think every vote makes a difference. This is one of our most important elections,” Satcher said.
She said one of her top concerns is the Supreme Court.
“If Obama wins, he may be able to put three people in the court making it majority Democrat. That will impact our nation for 40 or 50 years,” she said.
Satcher said she was a Ron Paul supporter but voted for Romney as a vote against Obama.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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