Voting for the First Time is Emotional, Especially in 2016

By David Edelstein, BDJ 364.03

Published on November 8, 2016

Syracuse University freshmen celebrate their first time voting after casting their ballots in the 2016 Presidential Election. (c) 2016 David Edelstein

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — Polling locations are typically near silent on Election Day, but one Syracuse University student is finding reason to celebrate out loud.

Katie Obojkovits nearly danced out of Toomey Abbott Towers after scanning her ballot. This is her first time voting.

“Oh my God, I voted! That’s so exciting,” she said, twirling around as she thanked the poll workers and headed for the doors. The poll officials replied with a happy “you’re welcome!”

Obojkovits, a college junior, has been eligible to vote for the past two years, but decided not to vote in local elections. This time, her mindset is different.

“I feel like this election is so pivotal,” she said. “It’s just such a historical election.”

Yet, despite her excitement, Obojkovits was almost overtaken by tears. As young as she is, she is already looking toward the future.

“I think it’s exciting because, wait, I’m going to start crying. Because I can’t wait to tell my children and my grandchildren that I voted for the first woman president of the United States if she becomes president,” she said.

Obojkovits added that she thinks young voters are influential in elections and can have a real impact on the nation’s future.