ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- In past elections, voter turn-out among young adults has typically been low. However, with voter registration up across the country this year, there are signs that may be different.
University of Virginia first-year student Jayden Nixon is among those Americans casting a ballot for the first time.
"I feel like we all send a message by doing this," Nixon said outside Cale Elementary School where he cast his ballot.
He was motivated in part, he said, by the political climate.
"It's been so volatile over these past few years, I feel like since now I can finally vote, it was a good time for me to make a small change in the best possible way I know, which is to vote," he said.
Nixon, a former basketball standout at St. Anne's-Belfield school, is now playing basketball for the University of Virginia. He says his peers at UVA are also enthusiastic about voting.
"I got a free doughnut today just by recommending three of my friends to vote," he said. "It's been a very big deal around Grounds, and hopefully around the country."
Nixon won't say which candidates he voted for, but he does share the issues that matter to him.
"Talking about equality of everybody, including immigrants, women, people of color, everybody, to make America a better place for people to stay," he said. "[That's] why I decided to vote."