NEW BEDFORD — Not even confusion over the location of his polling place could dampen Adilson Cabral’s excitement on Tuesday.

Cabral, who came to the United States over 18 years ago from Cabo Verde, was voting in his first U.S. election after becoming a naturalized citizen in September.

A little after 3:30 p.m. Cabral, 40, went to the Hayden McFadden Elementary School polling place and enthusiastically greeted every poll worker.

When the workers informed him his polling place was actually less than a mile away at Hillside Court, Cabral simply drove there and greeted the poll workers in the exact same warm manner.

After he exited the poll and proudly placed an “I Voted” sticker on his chest, Cabral said voting felt great.

The truck driver compared not being able to vote in the nearly two decades he’s been in the U.S. to being stuck in the middle of a lake on a boat with an engine that has no gas.

He said he felt left behind.

In this election, Cabral was voting with a specific group of people in mind, the individuals who died from contracting COVID-19 and their families.