In the last moments of a very close race for the presidency, every vote counts. A large weight has been put on the shoulders of GenY voters, which was the demographic that determined the 2008 election. On Election Day, many young millennials took their lunch and class breaks to go vote at JASA Community Center in Cooper Square. While retired people mostly inhabit the neighborhood and married couples over 30, the polling place still managed to draw a younger crowd.

Chelsea Xu, 18-year old NYU student, was voting for the first time and decided to cast her ballot for Barack Obama. For her, the discrepancies between both candidates helped make her decision. She felt that she couldn’t trust Romney because “he kept changing his positions throughout the race.” She also took recent events such as Hurricane Sandy into consideration. “Obama did a good job in helping out victims, but Romney only helped out victims in swing states,” she said. For her, the candidates’ actions during the race helped decide her mind.

Another first-time voter Rachel, 19, was “waiting for this day” for a while. This NYU sophomore also voted for Obama; she based her decision on prospects for the future. “Especially in this election, people are arguing about which candidate’s plan would be best for the country,” she said. She acknowledged that other young voters might go for the candidate that would show immediate results, but she felt that “Obama is looking out for the greater good in the bigger picture.”