A survivor of the heartbreaking Pulse nightclub shooting is voting in a presidential election for the very first time this year, and he's urging others to do the same.

Ricardo, who was present when Omar Mateen opened fire in the crowded club and killed 49 people, has never voted before. He discusses the life changing night and the importance of voting below.

"Every issue that we face has a root in the political level," says Ricardo in the video. "So if you do not vote for the politicians that will try to fight for you, then what is it that you're doing?"


Although Ricardo did not disclose who he plans on voting for, the video was made by the Human Rights Campaign, who endorses Hillary Clinton. But no matter who you are supporting, Ricardo's message is relevant and important.

Election day is November 8th.