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To celebrate one of life's greatest milestones, Oprah has filled an entire section of the studio with first-time voters. Nineteen-year-old Jaleesa is one of millions of Americans who recently cast their first ballots. How did it feel?

"It felt like I made a difference," she says. "This election is going to make history, and for me to be a part of it and make a difference, it felt amazing."

Sarah, another young voter, says the experience was awesome. "I felt so empowered, like, 'I can do this,'" she says. "I voted in the primaries, and this time, I just felt like this is it."

Patricia and Trimaine, siblings from Chicago, got up extra early this morning to vote for the first time. Both say they were excited to play a part in the political process. "To be able to vote for the first time and also make history and be able to vote for the candidate that can make change or bring change that every American wants…it was exciting," Trimaine says. "I'm happy that I was able to vote."

Oprah understands the excitement. When she voted early for the presidential candidate of her choice, she says she was very emotional. "I didn't want to cause a scene, because I didn't want to read about myself in the paper. It was going to be, 'Oprah broke down at the voting.' I literally wanted to sing 'America the Beautiful'!"
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FROM: A Two-Day Election Event: Oprah's Voting Party
Published on November 04, 2008

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