On Election Day, PS3 Charrette Elementary School served two additional purposes, to aid in electing the next President, and to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The bright blue doors of the West Village school stood out from the otherwise drab exterior, with the left door leading to a line, usually extending to the sidewalk, of local residents waiting to vote, and the right opening to a bake sale and hurricane relief drive.

Once inside, those looking to vote had a long wait ahead of them, as the school’s auditorium was filled with twisting lines of different districts. The diverse crowd was all there for one reason: to vote. But they each make their decision differently, especially within Generation Y.

One GenY voter, Jordan Bryan, 25, cares most about diverse political issues. “Right now economy is number one. Things like women’s rights, being a female. I know abortion is kind of a hot topic right now, I do feel like it’s not really one of the frontrunners,” she says, “but I do think it’s important for women to have the right to decide about their own bodies. And other things like foreign affairs, but right now I think economy is kind of the frontrunner on everyone’s minds.”

While Anna Schecter, a 31-year-old photographer, makes her decision based on individual candidates, she tends to side with one party. “I guess I always vote Democratic. Because of not being an asshole to people who don’t have much, and being pro-choice. Those are the two big ones,” she says.

Roman Chimienti, 25, an audio engineer, doesn’t identify with either of the major parties. “My party at heart is independent and I vote by party, because essentially it’s the one that suits me best,” he says. For Chimienti, social issues are the most important, “Anything that has to deal with basically just people in general, not necessarily the economy. If we want to fix those things we have to unify ourselves first.”