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The “One Day at a Time” star says there’s a lot a stake for Latinos in the upcoming presidential election. As a Colombian naturalized citizen, she doesn’t take the right to vote lightly.

Isabella Gomez voted for the first time in the United States in 2016. Thinking back to that pivotal election, the Colombian-born, naturalized citizen says she didn’t fully comprehend everything that was on the table.

“I think I didn’t understand the weight of it,” Gomez said in an interview with The Americano. “I didn’t understand how privileged I am to get to register to vote and choose who runs the country.”

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The “One Day at a Time” star is concerned with how much is at stake for Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election, especially considering that so many may be feeling like they don’t want to vote or there may be no point in doing so.

“Look, if you don’t want to vote, I understand the instinct, and I’m not going to say anything right now that you haven’t heard a million times,” she says. “But the reason we have a democracy and voting is in place is because every vote actually does matter.”

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The 22-year-old actress is using her platform to energize Latino voters to get involved and make their voices heard, leading the way for change.

“For me, voting is making sure that the experiences I’ve had continue and only get better for future generations,” Gomez says. “To make sure that we have a country where everybody feels safe and accepted and supported as it was meant to be.”