“Finally,” he said with a sigh and a smile. “Finally, I can answer ‘yes’ to Question #1.”
In Virginia, Question #1 on the voter registration form asks, “Are you a US citizen?” He is a newly naturalized citizen, and I had the privilege of helping him to register to vote for the first time. He was one of 25 individuals from 22 countries to become US citizens at the Multicultural Festival in Reston, Virginia.
As volunteers of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (VA) helped new citizens and others register to vote this past weekend, we also helped answer many of the common questions that come up about the voting process:
Watching the enthusiasm and excitement with which the newly naturalized citizens registered to vote and took to their newly-granted right to vote filled me with great emotion. I felt so fortunate to be an American. I felt so proud to be part of the League helping to fulfill our mission. I felt so lucky to have shared in a moment of this life changing day for these individuals.
Saturday’s experience was a great reminder to me – and the other volunteers with me, I’m sure – about how the League’s work matters. We empower people to fulfill one of their fundamental rights as Americans. And, that is worth our every effort, especially for those new citizens who get to finally answer “yes” to Question #1.