HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — 40 people from 18 different countries are now U.S. citizens.
In an Election Day Naturalization Ceremony in Hartford on Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman took the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication the newest citizens of our country put in to make this day a reality.
“I want to thank you for being here in Connecticut ’cause, you see, you’re the one who’s gonna make us and keep us a great state. You’re the ones who are gonna be out here teaching and pushing and hopefully some of you might even want to run for office or get a better job,” said Wyman.
Surrounded by family and friends, Elena Alexander Smith took the Oath of Allegiance after living here for 12 years.
“I cannot imagine any other day like when I knew that I would have a Naturalization Ceremony on Election Day, it’s just so amazing,” said Smith who moved here from Russia.
“This is the first naturalization that I’ve seen on Election Day. The very first one that I know about and I’m just so proud of you for everything you’ve done,” Wyman told the crowd.
Now officially United States citizens, the next stop for many of them is to register to vote. For Smith, it’s a dream come true.
“I’m really happy that actually I can vote. It was one of the grown up decisions when I applied for citizenship is that I want to participate in the decision making in the country,” said Smith.