PARKLAND, FL- He had voted before, but never for a U.S. presidential candidate.
Last week, Justin Yselonia, 20, filled out a paper voting ballot and filmed himself scratching in the box for his presidential candidate.
Smiling, shaking in excitement, and wearing a “Schoolhouse Rock” voting shirt, he said into the camera: “Woo-hoo!”
In the post on Facebook, he wrote: “This is one of the happiest moments of my whole life!”
Yselonia, who is on the autism spectrum, shared the video on Facebook and Twitter – and social media loved it.
As of Sunday afternoon, the video had more than 500,000 views.
“This is such an important election,” said Yselonia, who attends Broward College and plans to become a history teacher. “What really matters is that people vote.”
A graduate of Atlantis Academy Coral Springs, he suspects people watched and shared his video and message because they liked his passion for supporting the right to vote.
Yselonia said he hopes people with special needs vote just like he did in order to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all of its safeguards.
He first registered to vote in 2018 during the March For Our Lives rally in Parkland following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy.
Since then, he’s voted in the 2018 midterm election, a special election in Coral Springs, and in the August primary election.
For him, the presidential race is even more vital.
That’s why he felt the need to capture the exact moment he filled out the ballot, which he dropped off on Sunday at a Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office.
His mother Kelli Yselonia, who is a teacher at Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland, said Justin always been interested in history and became politically astute after the school shooting.
He’s looked forward to voting for a president since he registered, she said.
“I’m so proud and impressed by him,” she said. “I love his passion.”
Watch Justin Yselonia’s video here.
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