Young voters turn out on U of M campus

10:11 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Political pundits talk all the time about voter turnout, especially when it comes to young voters, and on Tuesday, it appeared those younger voters were turning out.

A constant line could be found outside of a polling place on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Some of those in line had only watched their parents vote. Others were inspired by teachers to exercise their civic duty.
Sweaty palms and uncertainty aside, they're now participants rather than spectators.

"It was a little anti-climatic standing in line and stuff," smiled U of M freshman Sidney Usem. "But once I got to the actual booth, it was kind of cool to say, 'Hey I'm actually doing this for the first time.' I'm actually voting for the next president the next senator, the next judge or whatever."

"I wasn't registered when I showed up (Tuesday) morning so I was kind of sweating that, but I feel like it turned out well," said Lakeville's Matt Schroer. "I got everything done. I filled all the boxes in correctly I feel, so (voting) definitely went well."

The ballot is one thing first-time voters are used to. Several said it's like a Scantron sheet they use for tests at school.

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