Garner teen celebrates 18th birthday by voting

Chimeri Anazi

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – A Garner teen had an 18th birthday unlike many others.

Chimeri Anazi celebrated at the polls.

“I’ve been waiting to vote since I was little. I’ve always wanted to. I feel accomplished that I did this,” she said.

The Garner Magnet High School senior turned 18 on the final day of early voting in North Carolina.

She rushed to get in line by the deadline after even more birthday fun.

“Before I came here, I took my SAT, which was about three hours, and it went pretty well in my opinion. It wasn’t too bad. Then after that, I came straight here,” Anazi said.

She needed to vote early since she’ll be at school on Tuesday, and added studying candidates to her SAT prep and homework.

“You should research before so you know who to vote for, and like their values and if they match up with your morals,” she said.

She spent three hours in line to vote, not the way most people would want to spend their birthday but Anazi said it’s her duty as a citizen.

“Patience is key. Some people walked out of line. I’m like, you’ve just got to wait and eventually you’ll get your chance up there to vote,” she said.

Several other teens and children came with their parents to participate in the experience

“I learned that every vote counts. You should really. It’s worth the patience and the time to come out here and vote because every vote count,” said future voter Sterling Young Jr.

Early voting ended Saturday but polls open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.

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