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Young Voters Hit The Polls In Washtenaw County For Primary Presidential Election

Mar 10, 2020

As part of our local primary presidential election coverage, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan visited several polling locations in Washtenaw County on Tuesday and spoke with young voters about their election experience. 


"I registered same day, yes." 

Twenty-one year old Michael Burg was among hundreds of people, mostly University of Michigan students like himself, who registered to vote on election day at the Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office.  Burg says he didn't want to wait for the general election to vote for a presidential candidate.

Michael Burg: I was in line for about an hour today, but given the number of people who are also trying to register on the same day, it was pretty impressive that it was only an hour that I faced.

Over at Ward Four, Precinct 5 in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan graduate student Jordan Shore said he had a few things in mind when voting for a presidential candidate.

Jordan Shore: All of the issues that were irrelevant to me as a teenager are now immediately relevant to me now that I'll have an income, a residence, and request benefits and be paying my own medical bills, and stuff.

After voting at Eastern Michigan University's Honors College, Ypsilanti resident Riley Bender said she supported the Washtenaw Community College millage renewal designed to provide operating funds to the institution.  

Riley Bender: It seems like it's going to create a lot of revenue for WCC which is always good.  I know that higher education is kind of in a pinch right now so anything to really help that out, I'm pretty happy with.

Job creation was another issue young voters kept in mind as they voted for a presidential candidate.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu