FIU students take advantage of the early voting location on campus

The midterm elections are quickly approaching and Florida International University’s MMC Campus has an early voting location in the SASC Building. Many students are taking advantage and voting early before the long lines start on Election Day, Nov. 8. 

FIU student Janette Ballister says, “It was an easy and smooth process and it took at most 10 minutes.” 

According to Tufts University, more than 8 million youths are newly eligible to vote in 2022, and a Harvard poll shows that 18-to-29-year-olds are on track to match 2018’s record-breaking youth turnout in the midterms. The study showed those voters lean Democrat 55%-34%. 

After the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, reproductive rights has become one of the most prominent issues driving young voters to the polls.

FIU student Anabel Diaz Amor says abortion is the most important issue for her. “Abortion is a critical part of health care and human rights,” she said. She said she believes pro-life policies directly target low-income women.

In Florida, Gov. Ron Desantis (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R), both pro-life candidates, are up for reelection. Polls show that Gov. DeSantis with a large lead over former governor and congressman Charlie Crist, by nearly a 10-point lead. Sen. Rubio also appears to be leading Decomcrat Val Demmings, with a 7-point lead in the polls. 

Early voting at FIU is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sunday, Nov. 6. 

For more information on voting, see our voter guide.

Ana Duque is a junior at the Florida International University Honors College majoring in Journalism. She enjoys reading and hopes to spend her future writing impactful stories about social movements.