Reporting By Sam Parker & Doug Williams
As Election Day comes to a close, more than 90,000 registered voters finish casting their ballots in 37 different precincts, or voting zones, in Alamance County.
Among those registered in Alamance County are Elon University students—individuals originally from all over the United States who are voting in the battleground state of North Carolina to make a greater impact.
Elon senior Courtney Whiting, a Connecticut resident, decided to register in North Carolina because she felt her Republican vote would make more of a difference in North Carolina than in her historically blue home state.
Elon senior Jonathan Cart, a Texas resident, also decided to cast his ballot in North Carolina because he felt it would make a bigger impact here.
“I felt like my vote would matter more here because Texas obviously will go red,” Cart said.
Elon sophomore Dean Shapero, a New Jersey resident, also registered in North Carolina because he felt his vote for Romney would make more of an impact in North Carolina.
Generally, Town of Elon voters at The First Baptist Church of Elon College, located at 621 E. Haggard Ave., seemed to vote Republican. The majority said they supported GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and local Republican candidates.
Voters at The First Baptist Church of Elon College also agreed the economy was the most important factor in this year’s presidential election.
Whiting, who voted for Romney, said she believes the economy is the most important issue in the election.
“I just know that I’m graduating from college this spring, and I would like to have a job,” she said.
Shapero said the economy was the factor that influenced his decision most.
“I’m not necessarily against Obama,” Shapero said. “But, I just think right now downsizing government and fixing the economy is most important.”
Elon sophomore Michael Lindsey, a North Carolina resident, said he could not decide on whom to vote for until the night before Election Day. After considering issues such as the economy and social issues though, Lindsey said he decided to vote for President Obama.
“A lot of people like to assume Republicans are stronger with the economy,” Lindsey said. “As an [economics] major, I don’t always think that’s true at all. I think you do truly need bipartisanship, and I think a lot of the things Romney has said to just try and get votes aren’t necessarily the best policies.”
This consensus among voters at The First Baptist Church of Elon College mirrors the results of the Aug. Elon University Poll, which found 48 percent of North Carolina voters deemed the economy the most important issue in the 2012 presidential election.
Other factors voters at The First Baptist Church of Elon College regarded as important included education, the environment, student loans and social issues.