WESTLAND, Mich. (CN) - Courthouse News asked voters in the Detroit suburb of Westland, Michigan why they were voting in the 2016 primaries. Here's what some of them said.
First-time primary voter Issac Musson said he wanted to drive the direction of the presidential campaign. Mark Berry, 39, also cared about direction - of the nation.
"I'd like to see our nation do well," Berry said. "Every election year it seems pretty intense. The last election I remember everyone said it was the most pivotal. This year they say it is the most pivotal. I don't know that I think it is the most pivotal this year, but I'd say that every election is important."
Shelly Vroman, 44, likened elections to the apocalypse.
"No matter who wins this year, it's like the end of the world," she said.
Meanwhile, Ray Campbell, 44, said voting was akin to "picking your STD."
He added, "I say it's more like choosing between a condom and an STD. And we all know who the STD is!"
Candidate Donald Trump - ever the polarizing candidate - polarized voters in Michigan, too.
"It's important because we gotta make this country great again, if you catch my drift," first-time voter Tim Ferguson, 36, said, borrowing Trump's campaign slogan.
But 19-year-old Aron Foster took an opposing view of the blustering billionaire.
"I think it is really important because people are blatantly voting over false hope, just going by word of mouth and not doing research on it," he said. "From what I see it is looking pretty grim If Trump gets into office."
Rachel Moore, a transplant from Ohio, also doesn't want Trump anywhere near the White House.
"We need a change, and to be honest I don't want Trump to get it," she said.
But the quote of the night went to Moore's 12-year-old son Noah, who blasted the uninformed voter.
"I think they need to look into changing the voting age," Noah said. "I think that I know more than this guy up the street who can vote. I watch the news, and have read up on the candidates in school. I know who I would vote for if I could vote."
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