First-time voters cast ballots during Durham early voting

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — People in Durham are not waiting until Nov. 8 to vote.

Among those taking advantage of early voting, which began Thursday, are first-time voters.

Republican Nikhil Sridhar, a Duke University student, said his first ever presidential vote will go to Donald Trump.

“I’m excited, kind of tense, hope he wins,” he said.

Nikhil says many of his friends aren’t as outspoken about supporting Trump as he is.

“I worked really hard to come to Duke, and lots of people do,” he said. “And afterwards they expect to have a good job and everything and it’s not right for me to work so hard my whole life and the government just extort half my income.”

“People assume you’re a millennial that you’re voting for Hillary or you’re for Bernie,” he said. “I think it’s important to take a stand against that because like I said, individuality is really important.”

“Me being of age, finally, for a major election, I just feel important,” said Democrat Jamiece Hargrove.

Hargrove, a North Carolina Central University student, marched to the polls Thursday for early voting.

“I’m voting because I want to use my voice,” she said. “I feel like the candidate I’m not liking so much, I don’t want him to be in office.”

Voters have until Nov. 5, to vote early for the candidate they support. Election Day itself is Nov. 8.

Whether you’re outspoken, or not, Hargrove says don’t wait to use your voice after the election, when it’s too late.

“Without voting, what is that doing? You’re doing nothing,” she said. “My thing is, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain when the candidate you didn’t want becomes elected in office.”

For more information on the locations and times of the polls available for early voting, click here.

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