For Concordia College Sophomores Jen Buchanan and Robert Brunhuber, they got out to the polls today not only to cast their vote but to speak for their generation.
“I think people think our generation doesn’t care, or won’t vote but that’s not true,” Buchanan said.
Brunhuber said he showed up to Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium to cast his ballot because of a nearly palpable tension that seems to have brewed over this year’s election, whether it be in the Minnesota governor’s race or at the more local level of the Moorhead Schools levy question.
“I guess it was just the intensity, everyone spitting venom. You almost felt like you were pushed to vote,” Brunhuber said.
At the Concordia campus, head election judge Don Rosinski is saying today’s voter turnout might be even better than the 2008 Presidential election.
“Since about 9:30 this morning it’s been steady. The first couple hours it was slower but then it just mushroomed,” Rosinski said.
Rosinski said certainly a number of students were showing up to vote but the need for them to register was slowing down the process just a bit, causing him to hope a system to make college voting a go a little more smoothly would be devised before 2012.
“You’d think they could come up with something,” he said.