First-time voters turn out in Dover Twp.

Greg Gross

Meredith Becker and Luke Lightner snuck in under the wire, arriving at a Dover Township polling place about 15 minutes before the polls closed Tuesday.

For the pair of 18-year-old Dover Area High School students, the primary was historic for more reasons than the contentious race for the White House. It was their first time voting.

"I feel I have a voice now," said Becker, a junior at the school.

Becker, a Democrat, cast her vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Lightner, a high school senior and a registered Republican, gave his vote to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"I know he's trailing, but I support him to the end," Lightner said, adding his goal is to keep Republican Donald Trump from getting as many delegates that he can.

The presidential race was the big draw for Becker and Lightner, and both said they did their homework on all the candidates before voting. However, both admitted they should have looked into the down-ballot races more than they did.

But the pair said they won't let their differing politics get in the way of their friendship.

Becker and Lightner made their way through a gauntlet of candidate supporters who were handing out campaign literature as they entered the Dover Township Community Building to cast their ballots.

"It's nice that people are involved in the community and come out," Becker said.

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