During a virtual appearance on The Late Show Monday, the Last Week Tonight host reflected on his first time voting in a United States presidential election this year after becoming an American citizen in December 2019.
"It was honestly, it was amazing," Oliver told Colbert. "Putting [the candidates] aside, 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."
Originally, Oliver thought he would feel the impact of his citizenship when he traveled. "I had thought this will feel real when I leave America and I come back and I'm treated differently by the system," he explained. However, that time didn't really come until a more recent moment in the voting process.
"Standing in line I thought maybe this will be it and I didn't feel it," he recalled. "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."
Oliver wasn't kidding. "That is the truth," he confirmed. "My eyes got misty."
Of course, the reality of where he was also sunk in. As he told Colbert, "I thought, 'I don't know if I can cry in a voting station.'"
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