First-time voters flocked to polling sites yesterday on election day to cast their votes and have their voices heard.
One voter aid that her first voting experience was “fantastic and really fast.”
Another first-time voter said she decided to vote to make her voice heard.“I feel like this is my voice. This is the only way people will listen to my opinion,” she told Saipan Tribune after casting her ballot.
The 18-year-old added that she voted “Yes” to House Legislative Initiative 18-12, which increases the Public School System’s annual government appropriation by 10 percent.
“I voted for that because I am passionate about the students. I feel like this is a good cause that will really help schools and teachers. The schools really need renovations and more materials,” she said.
One young male voter said he decided to vote yesterday to represent his age group and the youth of Saipan.
“I voted because I think it is important for all the young people to come out and be heard. Otherwise, we do not have a voice,” he said. “I came out to vote just to exercise my rights. I wanted to know the feeling and experience the democratic process.”
A first-time voter in Tanapag said she was excited to cast her ballot. She said her family didn’t tell her who to vote for because she believes her vote is a personal choice.
“This is my first time voting but I know who to vote for. The candidates that I am voting for think about the younger generation more than just the old generation. We are the future for the CNMI and the candidates I am voting for know that, that’s why I am voting for them,” she said. (With Jayson Camacho)