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Young voter submits her ballot for the first time in a presidential election


20-year-old Isabel Harris submits her vote-by-mail ballot for the first time in a presidential election
20-year-old Isabel Harris submits her vote-by-mail ballot for the first time in a presidential election
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We are in the final countdown to the big Election Day. Many continue to submit their vote-by-mail ballots before the election, one young voter is casting her ballot for the very first time.

20-year-old Isabel Harris, originally from Colorado Springs, is a senior at Simpson University in Redding, completing her last semester.

"I'm a double major in political science and cross-cultural studies," says Harris.

For Harris, this is her first time voting in a national election. Harris says she voted in the primaries a couple of months ago and voted in the local elections. She said this presidential election is meaningful for her.

"Yeah, it’s super exciting. I think it’s important that everybody gets out to vote, especially during these times the contentious state of our country. It was exciting for me to take apart, take action, and get to submit my ballot today," said Harris.

On Thursday, Harris excitedly submitted her vote-by-mail ballot to a local US Post Office in Redding. She said it's empowering to know her voice will be heard and her vote matters for this elections.

"I think it’s super empowering for young people to have their voice matter and have a say at what is going on. I also believe that it adds a sense of responsibility and accountability. We, as young people, have a say in what happens," says Harris.

She encourages her peers who may not believe their vote and voice will be heard, she said their vote matters.

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"I would say it matters. I think it can be easy to think that our voice doesn’t matter, that your ballot gets lost in the numbers, but I think even more that it counts from the local level [i.e.] local election, the local things you vote on up to the National. It is important to get educated and empower yourself to make a change in your community through voting."

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