This election season The Seattle Globalist is featuring the stories of first-time U.S. voters, asking them why this year has inspired them to register to vote.
“Some way, somehow — my vote is going to count,” said Marco Roman, a first-time voter from Auburn.
Roman pursued citizenship last year — which was 25 years after moving to this state and more than a decade after marrying his wife, a U.S. citizen. He doesn’t know why he put it of for so long.
OneAmerica’s Washington New Americans Program helped him through the process. The program connects eligible permanent residents to the resources they need to pursue citizenship.
This November, he will cast his vote for the first time.
“I care about this country and the direction it’s going,” Roman said. It’s a civic responsibility to vote, he said.