Long lines don’t discourage young voters in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, voter turnout is extremely high this year.

On West Grace Street, the line was wrapped around the backside of the building; the location is where a majority of VCU students are assigned to vote.

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Those waiting in line said the wait was it worth it.

“I’d say every election is worth it honestly,” voter Jacob Nicholas said.

tracey3Jacob Nicholas said he was prepared for the long wait at the polls.

“It’s only one day a year so you can always imagine that it’s going to be a huge turnout no matter how many people decide to come out,” said Nicholas. “You’re going to have to be prepared to deal with some crowds.”

In line, a majority of the voters were millennials, which Nicholas’ said just goes to show, the assumption that young people don’t vote, just isn’t true.

“We’re concerned about different issues than what the last generation is concerned about,” said Nicholas’. “We have different struggles and we have different perspectives that we can bring to the table.”

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In the front of the building, voters like Randi Chambers were in line for nearly two hours.

“Just seeing this line of young people care, we care about our future more than people want to admit,” said voter Randi Chambers.

tracey4She said she is voting in her first presidential election and she was happy to see how many people her age showed up to the polls.

“I just feel really proud of everyone for fulfilling their civic duty,” said Chambers. “It’s really easy to think that your voice doesn’t matter, but obviously everyone here doesn’t feel that way.”

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