First Time Voters Weigh In on Presidential Election

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) – Six Clinton High School Seniors will soon get the chance to have their voices heard in the upcoming election. Katie Weisenberger, Neil Paul, Madison Roberts, Queshaun Thurston, Madison Roberts and Michael Leech are all weighing in on two of the most memorable presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“My opinion of this election is the ‘Muppet Show.’ It’s too much. I was watching the debate a couple of weeks ago, and I felt like I was having high blood pressure. It was just too much going on,” says Neil Paul. His classmate, Queshaun Thurston describes Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s debates as childish. “They’re just going at each other battling, not really doing the president thing. It’s more like childish bickering and stuff.”

While the six may still be in high school, they’re focusing on the next four years. Their concerns are like seasoned voters: abortion, the cost of college, second amendment rights and immigration. However, the excitement is nearly tangible, for the first time in their 18 years their voices count in deciding the next president of the United States. For some, it’s a right of passage as an 18-year-old, for others they know it’s their duty.

“It feels like I really do have a voice now and what goes on; becoming an adult. I do get to know what’s going on and it does affect me you know later on as I grow up,” says Weisenberger.
“It’s important as a citizen to be able to vote. You’re voting for the next leader of this country, and that leader has the power to do a lot of things that can change things in the future,” adds Michael Leech.

For Queshaun Thurston, “I do plan to vote because everybody’s voice need to be heard.”

“I’m actually excited, it didn’t really hit to me that I was growing up until I got my voter registration card last week and I was like ‘man’ like it just hits me really hard,” says Paul.

“I’m really excited. Because it’s my senior year and everything and I just feel like I’m growing up so much whenever I went to get my registration to vote it was just so unreal,” adds Roberts.
“I feel like no matter if we’re Mississippi or California when you go vote your voice matters. I believe you don’t have the right to talk about the election or who you want to win if you’re not going to go vote if you have the opportunity to,” says Clark.

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