First-time voters thrilled to cast ballots in 2020 election

First-time voters share their experience at the polls in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Voter turnout is up across the nation for the 2020 presidential election, and part of that increase is in first-time voters.

According to Target Smart, a Democratic political data firm, there have been more than 6 million people who voted for the first time this election, which is already close to a record.

Many political experts believe the country will break the record for the number of first-time voters this cycle.

We found two first-time voters in Shelby County Tuesday -- one was a young man who recently graduated high school, and the other a woman who recently became a U.S. citizen.

She told WMC she was excited when poll workers cheered for her after learning it was her first time to vote.

“It was exciting actually, and everyone cheered me on,” said Berenice Dennis. “It was nice. So thank you!”

Dennis says everything went smoothly at the voting machine, adding she’ll vote again.

“You kind of feel like your vote really matters, so you have to think about what you’re really voting for,” said Jackson Billions, another first-time voter.

Anytime a poll worker encounters a new voter, they shout it out to the entire polling location and every poll worker stops to clap in recognition.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says there have been no major issues to report across Tennessee.

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