I cast my vote in the Presidential Primary election for Super Tuesday, the day where 14 states hold elections that account for over 33% of the available delegates.
Like many college students, I’ve voted before, but this was my first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. Filling out my ballot was easy, but getting to that point required several steps.
First, I had to update my voter registration. I’ve been registered since I turned 18, but I was registered in my hometown. I knew trying to leave campus and travel home in the middle of the week would be difficult, so I updated my information to match my current apartment before Feb. 7, which was Oklahoma’s registration deadline for Super Tuesday.
To register to vote or update information, you just have to go to a tag agency and fill out a simple form. I made an event out of it, gathering a group of friends who had never voted and helping all of them register as I updated my information.
Next, I had to decide who to give my vote. For this, I watched the debates, looked at candidates’ stances and records and read the news. I knew I would only feel confident voting for someone I agreed with and trusted.
Choosing a candidate can be hard. Candidates are flawed just like the rest of us, but I think it’s a matter of finding who you believe can most likely secure a better future for everyone.
If you are struggling to choose a candidate, there are tools that can help. Sites like isidewith.com have a short quiz about leading issues that helps show which candidates most align with your ideals. However, these sites should not be the sole factor in your vote, but rather a suggestion of what candidates to look in to.
With my registration done and my mind made up, I made my way to the polls. My polling place was less than a mile from my apartment, a quaint church just off of sixth street. Inside, I presented my voter ID and signed my name in the registration book. I got my ballot, filled it out and fed it into a machine.
I had a smile on my face as I left the polling station. I’m proud to be able to finally take part in a presidential election. I look forward to casting my vote in the general election in November, as well as future local and state voting.