First-time voters anxiously await presidential election results

Posted at 11:03 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 00:06:20-05

Some of us are old enough to remember the 2000 Presidential election, we didn't know the final results for weeks. For first-time voters, this isn't how they expected things to go.

Many UL students say they have been glued to their phones since election night. It's a stressful time and the university is urging students to be patient.

"By the time we wake up, we have a president or by the time we go to sleep, we at least have a projection of who the president is so it is a bit different."

It's a result that won't seem to come. For first time voters like UL student Aleya Domingue, it's exhausting refreshing her newsfeed.

"One minute you see Trump is ahead and then the next minute it's Biden ahead. Things are just ever-changing so I guess I've just been watching not really engaging that much in the conversation,” Domingue said.

On Wednesday, the university put out a statement urging students and staff to be patient during a time of uncertainty.

Some students have already stopped themselves from constantly checking for results.

"It can be pretty mentally overwhelming sometimes so it's good to take a break from that. I try not to look at it too much especially now seeing what's going on down my timeline,” said UL student Rory Williams.

While some are choosing to stay away from the newsfeed, others are looking for different points of views.

"I'll move from CNN, I'll go to CNBC or I'll go to Fox News just to see what everybody else is saying. I'd like to hear everybody's side because I don't want to stick to just one side,” said UL student, Ashley Hamilton.

Other students are just content that they fulfilled their civic duty.

"I'm not worrying about it much because I've done my part. I've done what I can and it's not up to me whether or not what happens now,” said UL student Carter Barnette.

Administrators at the university say faculty and staff are equipped to talk to students about post-election anxiety and the counseling and testing center is open as well.

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