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Some students have trouble navigating absentee ballots

Some TCU students had difficulty navigating the absentee ballot process and deciding between candidates. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Election Day 2016 is finally here: Nov. 8. By some time tonight or tomorrow morning, America will know who its 45th president will be.

However, some students at TCU aren’t thrilled with their candidate options or absentee voting.

“I couldn’t vote because I didn’t know much about the absentee ballot process,” California native and sophomore strategic communication and French major Kendra Hall said.

Although she didn’t cast a ballot, she knows the candidate for whom she would have voted. 

“I would vote for the candidate that I think is the better of two evils,” Hall said. “Either way people are going to be upset, so I would vote for someone who would make less people upset.”

Hall wasn’t the only student who was hindered by the absentee voting process.

“I probably should have voted, but I would have had to absentee voted being from Florida,” sophomore biology major Ally Coyne said. “I can’t just go somewhere to vote, and I’m pretty busy.”

However, Coyne wasn’t enthused about either candidate.

“I’m in ROTC and  going to be in the army, and I have to serve whoever is president, but I’m not a fan of either one,” Coyne said. “Honestly every time I start leaning toward a candidate, I get reminded of their bad characteristics.”

Even though some students were held back by absentee voting, there were out-of-state students who voted.

“I voted against a certain one because it’s the lesser of two evils, and that’s how many people are voting in this election,” Alabama native and first-year Spanish major Dylan Fullilove said.

Many students share the opinion that their choices are not ideal.

“This election has been very difficult because we don’t have the best options, and I would have to say that I was probably voting against what I believe to be a person with a different set of ideals than what I’m used to,” senior applied geoscience major Matthew English said. “I hope this election is an outlier and that we get back to talking about the polices and issues, or that the election leads to a possible reform in the whole electing process.”

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to vote.  

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