KNOXVILLE (WATE) – With less than 48 hours before polls open on Election Day, voters are feeling the pressure.
East Tennessee saw a record number of early voters this year, with more than half of registered voters in Knox County casting a ballot before Nov. 8.
But as many enthusiastic voters there are, others say they are still undecided.
“I’m voting for the very first time,” Camile Aragon, 30, said.
“I want my children to understand that it’s important that people vote and that every vote counts.”
It’s a race that’s energized voters across the country, bringing people like Camile into the political process who tend to sit out.
But the election has also been a divisive one, leaving many voters still unsure which way to vote.
Voters say both presidential candidates have their drawbacks. Some eligible voters said they are so disgusted that they have decided to stay home on Election Day.
“I am choosing to abstain because I think it says as much about the choices that we have,” Matt Kyker said.
“I hate having to choose between the lesser of two evils.”
But the majority says they want to make their voices heard.
“It’s important to vote because it’s our right to do so and we live in a country of democracy for a reason and I think everyone should get out and vote, especially for women,” Jennifer Russomanno said.
“We fought so hard to have the right to vote and I think just respecting the women who came before us that fought so hard for that right and I think it’s important for us to honor that regardless of who you vote for.”
With polls tightening throughout the country, voters are preparing themselves for a close race until the very end.
“We’re going to be sweating all night,” Aragon said. “No matter what, I don’t think there’s a winning situation at this point, but I’m excited to vote and I’ll just roll with the punches.”