Voting in the United States is second nature for some. But when it’s your first time voting in your new, naturalized country, it can take on a whole new meaning. JP shares his experience and reflections from 2016 on what it was like being a first time voter as an American citizen during an interesting season in our country’s history.
Partner. JP’s story reminds us that making the decision to become a citizen of another country after a migration experience is complex, but one of the rights that comes with that experience is voting. Consider partnering with local governmental or non-profit agencies who assist those interested in becoming citizens. Become a volunteer for or attend citizenship ceremonies in your community as a way of supporting new citizens and the citizenship process. Help walk new citizens through the process of voter registration and the voting process.
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