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First Time Voters

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - With the presidential election less than two months away, both bases are energized and ready for voters to go to the polls. News Channel Fives Nolan Crane shows us what students at LSUA think about their first opportunity to participate in a presidential election.

Taylor Barbin is just one student at LSUA who is ready and excited to cast her first ballot, to elect the man she wants for president.

"I've never voted before but I'm looking forward to voting this year and I hope that even just my vote can make a difference," says Taylor Barbin.

The Rapides Parish Registrar says it is important to remember that every vote counts.

"I have worked in this office for 45 years, I have seen lots of people win by one vote, lose by one vote. Every vote counts," says Joanell Wilson.

Many of the students on LSUA's campus agree.

"It's important to vote to be because my parents have always voted and so have my grandparents, everyone in my family they vote when they have to and it's just important because your vote can make a difference," says Taylor Barbin.

"It doesn't matter who you are voting for as long as you are being heard, as long as you feel I have contributed, I have helped out," says Darius Washington.

But not every student we spoke with say they will vote.

"If you believe in voting, vote, I don't have anything against voting it's just that voting is not for me, I don't like choosing sides," says Terry Bonnette.

Election officials say everyone should play a part in their civic duty.

"You cannot be a good citizen and say that my vote does not count, because that is not true," says Joanell Wilson.

As a voter, Taylor Barbin says if you don't participate, you can't complain about the results.

"You have to vote just to make sure that your voice is heard, that you get out there what you want," says Taylor Barbin.

We have some important dates you might want to remember if you plan on voting in the presidential election.

The deadline to register is in about a month on October ninth. Early voting will take place from October 23 through the 30. You can start to request an absentee ballot now if you think you need one. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

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