John Oliver opened up about his first voting experience on The Late Show. The 43-year-old British Last Week Tonight spoke with Stephen Colbert about voting in a United States presidential election for the first time after he became an American citizen last December.
John Oliver admitted that he burst into tears after voting. “It was honestly, it was amazing,” Oliver said. “As an immigrant who had just got his citizenship in December of last year, I was waiting for that to feel real — when you worry about your immigration status all the time and even getting your passport still doesn’t feel real because you haven’t tested it against a system.”
“Standing in line, I thought maybe this will be it and I didn’t feel it,” he continued. “Giving them my name and getting the ballot, I didn’t feel it. Scanning it into the machine and the machine saying, ‘Your vote has been counted,’ I nearly burst into tears. That is the truth. My eyes got misty. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can cry in a voting station.'”