“My most memorable time voting was probably in 2012. I had just spent time in Fiji for the UN where there had been a coup and no constitution and I was helping the UN work on a process of transition to a democratically elected government, and I just remember coming home and voting and just feeling the sense that it really is a privilege that we have as Americans—as cliché as that sounds—that we get to do that every four years and it’s not questioned and the results aren’t questioned and we transfer power without violence. I just remember that feeling really powerful to me in that moment.”

– Sara Jacobs, Policy Advisor, Hillary for America

“My most memorable time voting would be helping my mom register to vote, because my mom only recently became an American citizen. My entire family is from Cuba, so helping my mom register to vote was great, because in Cuba you don’t have the opportunity to do that. She left Cuba when she was 15, so this year is going to be her first time ever voting. I think that’s going to be pretty cool. We’re going to see what we can do to try to vote together.”

– Ana Quintana, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation


“I guess my most memorable time voting will be this time, because it’s the first time a female presidential candidate has the nomination. I have a daughter and a son and they’re both quite interested in politics right now. My daughter particularly is very excited about Hillary Clinton, so this will probably be my most exciting time voting.”

– Michele Swers, Professor of American Government, Georgetown University

“My first time voting was probably in college. That’s when I got really interested in politics. I was young and very enthusiastic and not at all jaded yet, and so that was probably the most exciting time, and it was a Republican primary so I felt like my vote mattered.”

– Nachama Soloveichik, Vice President, Cold Spark Media


“My most memorable voting experience didn’t take place at the ballot box, and I wasn’t even the one voting. It was early in November 2012, and I was at my grandmother’s hospital bed in Morristown, N.J. Grandma Agnes was fighting pancreatic cancer and she had grown so weak, she could barely hold a pen let alone go to her local voting center. It was important to her to make her voice heard, so she requested an absentee ballot. When I asked who she wanted to vote for, she told me in a firm but quiet voice, ‘President Obama.’ Grandma Agnes passed away later that month, but her legacy lives on in her family and friends, our memories of her, and the important achievements of the Obama Administration. Grandma Agnes wanted to make sure President Obama got another four years. With her help, he did.”

– Lauren Landau, Communications Manager, JWI