Feeling the Pressure: First Time Voter Reflects on Historic Election

by Adan Barrera
Also Featured on KCBS

Feeling the Pressure: First Time Voter Reflects on Historic Election

by Adan Barrera
Also Featured on KCBS
10.12.20
Photo courtesy of Adan Barrera
10.12.20

This presidential election may be one of the most important elections in history. As a first time voter, I’m certainly feeling the pressure.

During the 2016 election, I was a senior in high school. I remember my A.P. Government class held a teach-in for my community. People learned about the candidates and the propositions. 

Back then, I was only 17, so I wasn’t aware of how daunting and stressful voting could be. 

Now, getting ready to cast my ballot, I get it. 

I’m not sure if elections were always this overwhelming. Between the opinions of the media, the constant debates between the people around me, and my own thoughts, my brain constantly feels like a war zone — ideas criss-crossing my mind like cannons being shot across the battlefield.

I know there isn’t necessarily a right way to vote, but as a first time voter, the pressure is on for me to decide, with no prior experience, what I believe is the best course of action for the country. 

Regardless of the outcome, I know that exercising my right to vote is something I must do. 

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