CNN Senior Broadcast Producer
Those were the first words that came out of an Asian-American woman in her 50’s who stood three steps in line just ahead of me.
“For the first time in my life I voted!” she exclaimed in broken English.
You could see the look of pride in her face as she walked out from behind the curtain. She had come to the polling station, accompanied by a friend, and was full of nervous energy. She paced in and out of the line, basically jumping.
When it was her turn to sign in, she proudly stated her name, got the slip from the polling clerk and headed to the booth.
Inside the booth, she screamed, “What do I do now?!” The clerk explained, “You push the red lever to the right and vote.”
After several minutes of frustration, and asking for more help, you could hear her say all she wanted to do was vote for President.
She did, and walked out.
The polling station applauded—not because she finally moved in a line that had grown, but because it is for this woman, who left her home country for a new life in this country, that we have such a democracy… something that gets lost in the din of the two-year-long campaign. This woman is a testament to democracy.
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