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Students wait in line to vote inside Baker Center on November 8, 2016.

Students wait out long lines to vote in Baker Center

Students filled Baker Center on Tuesday, waiting up to an hour to cast their ballots.

Baker served as the polling location for most students living on campus.

Claire Santoro, a sophomore studying early childhood education, said she had a big gap between classes which she took advantage of to go vote.

“I would have skipped class anyways if I had to,” Santaro said. “I think it’s too important right now to miss this.”

Nalani Rodgers, a sophomore studying integrated media, said she didn’t like having to wait, but it was nice to see so many people showing up to vote. Rodgers said her class got canceled, so she took that opportunity to head to Baker and vote. Rodgers also said she had a friend whose boss let her go early so she could vote.

John Roark, a freshman studying computer engineering, said he waited about 50 minutes to vote. Roark said he didn’t have any scheduling problems because his class started in the late afternoon. Jordan Anthony, a freshman studying sport management, said he went to vote during a break between two classes and ended up waiting about an hour.

Tyler Musser, a sophomore studying finance, said he went to vote after getting out of classes and waited about 40 minutes.

“It was smooth for me when I came through,” Musser said.

Arsean Cox, a sophomore studying chemical engineering, said he had to schedule his voting around classes. Cox said he waited around an hour and exited the polling place around the time his class was starting.

“I mean, I’m not really excited for this election in general,” Sydney Bruckner, a freshman studying nursing, said.

Despite her dissatisfaction with both major party candidates, Bruckner still showed up to cast her first vote. Bruckner, who was near the middle of the line, said she had been waiting for about 20 minutes.

Eleni Hatzis, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, said her first time voting went smoothly. She said she waited about an hour, but she felt pretty good after voting.

“I mean, I’m not a big fan of the line, but I want to vote,” Rachel Martin, a freshman studying environmental studies said. “So I guess I’ll stand in it.”


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