Recently, we asked our community members to share their stories as first time voters. We got some incredible responses and we're spotlighting a few here. If you're interested in being featured, tweet us at @blackvoices or tell us on our Facebook page.
When Victor reached out to us, we were excited to get an HBCU student talking about their thoughts on the election. Here's what he had to say:
My name is Victor Mainor I am 24 years old. I'm from Northbrook IL, a northwest suburb about 20 minutes from Chicago. I am a active person that loves watching & playing football. I just transferred to Morehouse college, where I am studying Business management. I picture working for myself in the future.
I didn't choose to vote on a whim I understand the importance of voicing your opinion & casting your ballot. I didn't get a chance to vote in the last election due to me working as an election judge. This is a very important election that will effect the life's of so many people based on two completely different visions for the Nation.
I feel the most important issue of the election is how much Americans should pay in taxes, primarily the wealthy vs the middle class, as well as education. The two have very different plans for these issues, which is why people need to pay attention and be involved.
If President Obama loses I will be upset, I will continue to educate myself & spread knowledge to people around me. It's frustrating to see someone being fought with so much resistance, who is genuinely trying to do the right thing. If Romney was in office there would have been no attempt to save the auto industry & restructure it to create a stronger industry for the future.
You can follow Victor on Twitter @VicMainor