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First-time voters ready for their voices to be heard

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First time voters in the Tennessee Valley prepare for Tuesday's election. First time voters in the Tennessee Valley prepare for Tuesday's election.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Kids born in the early 90's now have the opportunity to vote in a presidential election for the very first time.

Many of these young adults are not taking that opportunity for granted.

"Before you are 18, you can think about your political views and what is important to you. But when you get to vote, it is a right that you can practice and actually put your voice out there," said first-time voter Cassie Coberly.

This group of voters is now paying attention to politics more than ever.

They are finding their political identity and figuring out what issues are important to them.

You might be surprised, it is not the economy that is on their minds.

"The social issues are very important to me. I am not as economically aware. Positions on same-sex marriage and healthcare are what I care about because those are things I can understand and relate to," explained first-time voter Lainie Bailey.

Understanding all of these issues can sometimes be confusing.

"It is relatively easy to get the information that I want, but it is not always as easy to filter out what is the truth," said Bailey.

That is where their teachers come in.

Suzanne Bailey helps them to learn only the facts in her government and economics class.

"I try to frame it as the essential question, what role do you want the government to play?" said Mrs. Bailey.

As first time voters, it is also a question they are asking themselves.

"The younger vote will show the community and the country a foreshadow of what we might do in the future," explained Coberly.

They can finally make that statement in less than two days.

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