John Oliver Says Voting for First Time in 2020 Election Brought Him to Tears

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Comedian and TV host John Oliver attends the 2018 Lincoln Center American Songbook gala honoring HBO's Richard Plepler.

John Oliver had a powerful reaction to voting in the 2020 election — his first as a somewhat newly minted U.S. citizen.

Dropping by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday, the host of Last Week Tonight talked about what it was like partaking in the election. The HBO personality got his citizenship in late 2019. While it felt great, Oliver said he was always somewhat nervous, as though it was not entirely real.

"It was amazing ... as an immigrant who got his U.S. citizenship in December of last year, I was waiting for that to feel real," Oliver said of voting. "You worry about your immigration status all the time. And even getting your passport doesn't feel real because you haven't tested it against a system."

Oliver went on to say he was finally struck by that feeling.

"Standing in line (to vote) ... I didn't feel it. Giving 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," he told Colbert. "That is the truth. My eyes got misty, and I thought, 'I don't know if I can cry in a voting station.'"

The night before, on his show, Oliver took Donald Trump apart for his gross mishandling of the pandemic.

Watch Oliver on The Late Show below.